The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has ordered that Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the seventeen (17) zonal commands and their constituent Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, should carry out full enforcement of the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26, 2021.
According to Channels TV reports, they are to ensure full compliance with the regulations in their respective Areas of Responsibilities (AoR).
The IGP gave the order to the Strategic Police Managers following the directives by the President as contained in the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 which mandates the Nigeria Police Force and other Agencies of Government mentioned therein to ensure full enforcement of the Regulations in public places, such as: places of worship, workplace and schools, banks, public transport vehicles, hostels, boarding houses, detention centres, e.t.c; and general restrictions on gatherings, as well as the use of face mask.
The IGP, while noting that the uncertainty and risks engendered by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed additional responsibilities on the general public, calls on citizens to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the Regulations for the safety of all.
He further cautioned Officers enforcing the regulations to show tact, compassion and empathy with the citizens; reiterating that the Officers must be firm, professional, remain polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.