COVID-19 Curfew: IGP Adamu Orders Police To Accord Journalists, Health Workers, Other Essential Workers Due Courtesies

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Pic.13. Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu, during the handing over ceremony of the 19th to the 20th IGP at the Police Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday (16/1/19). 00555/16/1/2019/Anthony Alabi/NAN

IGP Adamu said that this followed an unending inquiries on the status of essential workers in respect of the due enforcement of the national curfew and inter-state movement restriction orders emplaced by the Federal Government.

Consequently, the Police boss directed Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and State Command Commissioners of Police to give maximum effect to the orders and extend due courtesies to essential service providers so affected and ensure that personnel deployed for the enforcement duties respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.

The IGP, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said it has become necessary to clear all ambiguity on the position of the Nigeria Police Force especially as it relates to persons on essential duties.

Mba explained that the Force is not oblivious of the sensitive, indispensable, patriotic and frontline role of the nation’s workforce that falls within the category of Essential Service Providers particularly as it relates to efforts to curtail and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

IGP Adamu however enjoins all workers who fall within these categories not to take undue advantage of their positions and privileges to advance other purposes not connected with the performance of their duties within the stated period.