IGP exempts health workers, journalists, essential workers from National curfew

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The Inspector General of Police has ordered the exemption of “medical personnel, ambulance service providers, journalists, fire-fighters etc from movement restriction orders as well as the national curfew”.

This was contained in a statement released on Wednesday by the Police force Public relations officer, Frank Mba.

Adamu had on Tuesday contrary to a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari ordered police commands not to exempt anybody, including workers on essential duties, when enforcing the ban on interstate movements and curfew.

His order led to the arrest of more than 50 doctors on Tuesday evening.

This however forced the doctors to take a sit-at-home action to protest their treatment by the police.

The statement reads, “Following 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, 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.

“The Force wishes to state that it 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.

“To this effect, all essential workers including medical personnel, ambulance service providers, journalists, fire-fighters, etc remain exempted from the movement restriction orders as well as the national curfew.

“Consequently, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has directed Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and State Command Commissioners of Police to give maximum effect to these orders and extend due courtesies to essential service providers so affected and also ensure that personnel deployed for the enforcement duties respect the fundamental rights of the citizens, the statement added.

The IGP however urged 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.


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