Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police, has ordered a 24-hour police surveillance in the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.
This comes after no fewer than nine persons sustained injuries in an attack on the National Assembly by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
This was contained in a statement read by Force spokesman, Frank Mba.
The statement reads: “While noting that the force is not against citizens expressing their grouse against the state, the IGP stressed that such ventilation must be done through legitimate and acceptable processes and not by taking the laws into their own hands.”
“He, therefore, warned hat citizens should not test the collective will of the People and the State by engaging in lawless acts likely to cause the breach of peace.”
Mba noted that the IGP has also ordered Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in states sharing a common border with the FCT to be on alert to ensure maximum security in their respective areas of responsibility, and to avert any possible breach of public safety and security.
“The IGP has ordered a speedy and diligent investigation into the incident as well as prompt prosecution of all the persons arrested and now in Police custody in connection with the incident.
“The IGP reiterated his displeasure with the unwarranted and unjustifiable attack on and injuring of nine police officers by members of the El-Zakzaky group and commended the restraint, maturity and professionalism displayed by police personnel in containing the protest.”