Thu, September 13, 2012

Nigeria tightens security around embassies, foreign missions

2012-09-12 21:16:03 GMT2012-09-13 05:16:03(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ABUJA, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar on Wednesday ordered the police to provide adequate security for all embassies and foreign missions in the country.

In a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja, the police chief directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) in charge of zonal commands, as well as state Commissioners of Police to provide a 24-hour water-tight security in and around the missions.

He said the directive followed recent violent demonstrations in some parts of the world linked to a recent U.S. film believed to have offended a section of some religious faithful.

"The Nigeria Police has taken the immediate proactive security measures to ensure that no similar violence is replicated within our country," Abubakar said.

"In addition, the AIG in charge of Intelligence and Commissioners of Police in charge of the various Police Special Squads have been directed to ensure that their personnel are strategically deployed to prevent and nib potential crisis in the bud," the statement quoted him as saying.

The units include such the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Special Protection Unit (SPU).

The police chief warned trouble makers to stay off the streets of Nigeria, as the nation's security agencies will bring to bear the full weight of the law on all laws breakers.

He advised parents and guardians to monitor their wards closely to protect them from negative influences of mischief makers who might want to lure them into criminal and unwholesome acts.


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