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Easter Celebrations: IGP orders tight security

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, has directed all zonal and state commands to beef up security around worship centres, recreational areas and places with high concentration of people to ensure safety as Christians celebrate Easter.

Meanwhile, religious and political leaders including the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace , Alfred Adewale Martins, Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Most Revd Adebola Ademowo and Senate President Bukola Saraki have been sending goodwill messages as well as canvassing unity, peace, forgiveness, humility and piety and religious tolerance among other virtues at Easter.

And indicative of peaceful co-existence, inter-religious harmony and tolerance in Nigeria , a group of Muslim clerics and youths yesterday paid an Easter goodwill visit to Pastor Yohanna Buru , General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, Sabon Tasha , Kaduna.

A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) Olabisi Kolawole said Arase “directed all zonal (Assistant Inspectors General) AIGs and state Command Commissioners of Police (CPs) to take all necessary measures towards ensuring the provision of adequate security for worshippers, travellers, picnickers and all citizens across the country before, during and after the festive season.

“Command Commissioners of Police are to personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centres, motor parks, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resort are adequately and effectively protected.”

Arase also advised operators of motor parks, shopping malls and recreational centres to work very closely with the police and other security agencies as they strive to strengthen general security in their respective facilities.

culled from The Guardian

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