IG Rescinds Order on Essential Workers, Warns Against Undue Advantage
The Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu has rescinded his earlier order not to allow essential workers covering the COVID 19 activities to work freely during the lockdown. He however warned against abuse of the rules while on official duty.
Adamu stated this in a press release made available to the press by the Police Public Relations Officer, Force Head Quarters, Abuja, ACP Frank MBA with reference CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL2/ 20th May, 2020.
"Meanwhile, the IGP enjoys 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 ".The IGP advised.
While commenting on the enforcement of national curfew and inter state movement restriction orders placed by the Federal Government, Adamu stated that "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 Head Quarters in the statement further stressed "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."
To make this effective, Adamu directed all the police formations under the Assistant Inspector General of Police, the various State Commissioners of Police to carry it out in their commands.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Medical Association and Nigeria Union of Journalists alleged that some security agents have been manhandling them in the cause of performing their duties.