Coronavirus: Stop unnecessary detention; IGP to Police Officers

The Nigeria Police on its part to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic issued a directive to Police officers to avoid unnecessary detention

The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu said only serious cases of armed robbery, terrorism, and related cases should warrant detention

The IGP also charged all Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police and Commissioners of Police nationwide to assure social restriction orders to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Inspector General of Police, stop unnessary detention

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The statement issued by the IGP on Sunday, March 22, through the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba directed that all valid orders given in according to the containment efforts on the viral disease are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.

He reiterated that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum, stressing that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide, and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.

The police boss further directed that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody.

Also, in compliance with the federal government’s directive that all tertiary institutions be shut, the IGP has ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all police primary and secondary schools nationwide.

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