The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered full enforcement of the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021, signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Jan. 26.
A statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba confirmed this directive on Monday, February 1, in Abuja.
According to the statement, the IGP ordered Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) in the 17 zonal commands and also all State Commissioners of Police (CPs), including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to carry out the enforcement.
He also called on the senior officers to enforce strict compliance with the regulations in their respective Areas of Responsibilities (AoR).
He said the regulation mandated the Nigeria Police and other agencies of government mentioned therein to ensure full enforcement in public places; places of worship, workplace, as well as schools.
Other places listed by IGP includes banks; public transport vehicles; hostels; boarding houses; detention centres; and to ensure general restrictions on gatherings and the use of face masks.
He called on the public to voluntarily and strictly adhere to the provisions of the regulations for their safety and the safety of all.
He urged them to be firm as well as professional; while remaining polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.