Saturday, 7 May 2011

Dateline Nigeria: Osama's death - Police Inspector General Deploys Military Police in Mosques & Churches

Abuja — BARELY 24 hours after reported meeting of security chiefs over threats by groups of persons to use the killing of Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden as a smokescreen to unleash mayhem in the country, Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Abubakar Ringim, yesterday, directed the deployment of Anti-Riot police officers to provide security at all major religious places including mosque and churches to forestall any attacks or public disorder.
The deployment of the anti-riot policemen will be complemented by Police patrols even as it was gathered that military personnel would be on standby, in case the groups decided to go ahead with their sinister plots.
Confirming the directive of the IGP, Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Olusola Amore said: "The attention of the Police High Command has been drawn to SMS being circulated to mobile phones on the need to intercede for certain part of the country and the need to be watchful, as a result of alleged security threat following the death of Osama Bin Laden.
"The Nigeria Police, in conjunction with other security agencies, have taken necessary steps to forestall any breakdown of law and order across the country.
"Nigerians are advised to disregard such messages and go about their lawful and legitimate businesses, as there is no basis for such rumoured threat.
"They also advised the population to beware of merchants of fear and rumour mongers who are trying to create panicky situation and disorderliness in the country.
"All law abiding citizens are assured of maximum police security in every part of the country. They are also advised to report any suspicious persons, group or movements to the nearest police station nationwide."

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