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IGP Orders Police To Ensure Use Of Face Masks, Other COVID-19 Protocols By Nigerians

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has directed police officers across the nation to ensure full compliance of COVID-19 protocols and guidelines in their respective locations by Nigerians.

The IGP in a statement in Abuja on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba directed the 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, to carry out full enforcement of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on 26th January, 2021.

He however urged them to drill it down to their operatives to exercise caution and respect the rights of citizens while enforcing compliance.

The enforcement will be carried out in public places including places of worship, workplace and schools, banks, public transport vehicles, hostels, boarding houses, detention centres, etc.

IGP Adamu in the statement also urged citizens to comply with all COVID-19 guidelines and protocols already issued by the government and health experts in order to remain healthy and curb the further spread of the coronavirus disease.

According to the statement signed by Mba, “The IGP gave the order to the Strategic Police Managers following the directives by the President as contained in the Coronavirus Disease (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 – places of worship, workplace and schools, banks, public transport vehicles, hostels, boarding houses, detention centres, etc – 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.”

“The IGP further cautions officers enforcing the Regulations to show tact, compassion and empathy with the citizens. He reiterates that the officers must be firm and professional and at the same time remain polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed six hundred and seventy-six (676) new cases of Coronavirus disease infection in Nigeria.

Naija News understands that the health agency confirmed the new cases of COVID-19 infection for Monday, February 1 in a post on its official Twitter handle.

The newly reported cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 131,918 which includes 106,275 discharged cases and 1,607 deaths.

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