Police Boss Orders 24-Hours Nationwide Surveillance of Telecommunication Equipment
Following the recent security development in some parts of the country where Telecommunication masts of almost all the major GSM service providers were destroyed in Maiduguri, Kano and Damaruru, the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, has ordered a 24-hour surveillance of all telecommunication equipment and installations across the country.
A statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer CSP Frank Mba said the IGP directed all State Commissioners of Police to constitute a Special Unit in their respective Commands, whose primary assignment will be to ensure the safety of telecommunication equipment and installations within their areas of jurisdiction.
“CPs are to further ensure that Area Commanders and DPOs in their Commands replicate the constitution of such Special Units in their respective areas, to protect installations located within their territories. State Commissioners of Police are further directed to ensure that personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter-Terrorism Squads in their Commands are constructively involved in this crucial assignment,” the statement added.
In order to ensure strict compliance with the directives, the IGP also directed Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) to supervise the activities all such Units constituted by Commissioners of Police and also constitute similar Units that will assist State Commands within their Zones.
Frank Mba in addition said AIGs and CPs are to provide dedicated lines in their respective Commands, to enable public spirited Nigerians who may have useful information, to volunteer same to the Police.
While assuring the public that the Police will do everything within its power to arrest this emerging security trend, the IGP appealed to members of the public to assist the Force with vital information touching on the activities of these hoodlums and particularly enjoined traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leader and parents to keep watchful eyes on their environment and to report any strange movement to the local Police authority.
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