By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, has directed the Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General and Commissioners in various Police formation to beef up security around key and vulnerable points across the country.
In a statement issued in Abuja, by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, the IGP said the measures became necessary to check possible plans by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents on possible violent and coordinated attacks on various installations and public places during the transition.
In achieving this, IGP Arase directed that critical infrastructures such as filling stations, major hotels, National and State Houses of Assembly, Eagle Square, Abuja, and other public places should be protected ahead of the May 29, 2015 the handover date.
He urged members of the public to sustain the collaboration with the Force officers as well as other security agencies to stamp out crimes, including terrorism.
In a related development, IGP Arase warned policemen against involving in land dispute, saying such cases if happened, should be referred to the court of law or to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
At a meeting with Police Inspectors and other top officers in the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Thursday, Mr Arase cautioned police officers against handling bags for VIPs, adding this was not part of their job schedule as security personnel.
He asserted that any policeman, particularly men of the Special Protection Unit, caught degrading himself would be severely punished.
IGP Arase informed that a total of 36,599 policemen would be promoted soon.