The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has directed the Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands where the social restriction orders have been emplaced to continue with enforcement.
IGP Adamu in a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, Thursday in Abuja, expressed deep concerns that for the first time in the country’s history circumstances had compelled the Force to emplace restrictions on social gatherings, which inevitably was affecting religious programmes of all faiths.
The Police boss enjoined Nigerians to see the restrictions in the light of the symbolism of Easter which connotes sacrifice, tolerance, perseverance, love and ultimate triumph.
“While felicitating with the Nigerian Christian community as Christendom commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the IGP calls on religious leaders in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT as well as other states affected by the restriction orders, to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies.
“Use their leadership positions to encourage worshippers to observe payers and worship programmes in the confines of their homes.
“He notes that the call has become necessary in order to curtail the community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic which has immensely challenged humanity across all spheres of life,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, Mba said the IGP has reassured the citizenry that the Nigeria Police would remain steadfast and committed in the duty of ensuring public safety and security during the Easter period and beyond, adding: “He wishes Nigerians Happy Easter celebrations.”