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Abuja Records Crisis-free Yuletide

02 Jan 2013

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 IGP, Mohammed Abubakar



Yemi Akinsuyi
Contrary to threats by some unscrupulous elements that the Christmas and New Year would be bloody, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and its environs had experienced absolute peace during the holiday.

At Church services across the city, policemen and other security agents were seen conducting serious checkings on the worshippers with anti bomb electronic gadgets and other metals before allowing them into the church premises.

Also when THISDAY visited some fun spots, including the popular Millennium Park, the whole place was condoned off by security operatives, who only allowed fun seekers into such places after they might have undergone serious checks.

Speaking on this security success, FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adenrele Shinaba, said with help of God and the full support of Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and his cabinet members, as well as the residents of FCT, the police was able to face the challenge and eventually came out with success story.

While enjoining the residents of FCT to continue to assist the security agents by providing useful information and exposing evil perpetrators in their neighbourhood, Shinaba promised that his command would not rest in its oars in providing adequate security to the people at all times.

Meanwhile, the IG has pledged the loyalty of the entire officers and men of the Force to the nation, promising that all hands will be on deck in the current year to ensure all forms of criminality in the country, particularly the violent ones-are brought down to the barest minimum.

The police boss, in a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, also promised to re-dedicate himself and his management team to the vision of reforming and professionalising the Nigeria Police Force and bequeathing to the nation a Police Force that would be truly people’s friendly, effective, efficient, intelligence driven, with greater respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens and adequately positioned to tackle the dynamic challenges of crime and social order now and beyond.

He equally charged officers and men of the Force to re-dedicate themselves to the service of their fatherland. He reminded them that their calling as peace officers demands from them the highest level of patriotism, selflessness and hard-work.


He promised that he will continue to work with relevant Federal Government agencies to seek new ways of improving on their welfare and general working conditions.

While reiterating his earlier directives to Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure a crime and crisis-free New Year celebrations, he advised citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement or persons to the Police or other security agencies.

Abubakar, on behalf of the Police High Command, commended Nigerians both at home and in Diaspora, on the auspicious moment of the new year celebration.

While thanking God for his grace and mercies that saw the country and its millions of citizens through the immediate past year, the IGP equally commended Nigerians for their vigilance, partnership and support for the Police, without which the task of policing Nigeria in 2012 would have been a near-impossibility.  He enjoined citizens not to relent in this regard, but rather continue to assist the Force even with greater vigour in the months ahead.

In a similar vein, the IG expressed his immense gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan, for his passion for the security of the nation and his firm resolve to tackle the current security challenges.  The IG thanked the 36 State Governors, the FCT Minister and local government chairmen across the Federation, particularly those that have supported the Police with logistics and other crime fighting tools in 2012.

Abubakar, while pledging the loyalty of the entire officers and men of the Force to the nation, promised that all hands will be on deck in the current year to ensure all forms of crime and criminality in the country – particularly the violent ones – are brought down to the barest minimum.

The IG promised to re-dedicate himself and his Management Team to the vision of reforming and professionalising the Nigeria Police Force and bequeathing to the nation a Police Force that will be truly people’s friendly, effective, efficient, intelligence driven, with greater respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens and adequately positioned to tackle the dynamic challenges of crime and social order now and beyond.

The police boss equally charged officers and men of the Force to re-dedicate themselves to the service of their fatherland.

He reminded them that their calling as peace officers demands of them the highest level of patriotism, selflessness and hard-work.  He promised that he will continue to work with relevant Federal Government agencies to seek new ways of improving on their welfare and general working conditions.

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