The Federal Capital Territory, FCT Police Command on Friday said it had deployed human and material resources across the nooks and crannies of the territory to ensure safety ahead of the presidential inauguration scheduled for Monday, May 29.
This is contained in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, on Friday.
The statement noted that the deployment, which consists of all intelligence and tactical assets at the Command’s disposal solidified with inter-agency collaboration, was borne out of the need to ensure a peaceful atmosphere during the inauguration and to avert any form of threat on the nation’s democratic process.
According to the statement, the strategic operational deployment is characterised by visibility policing across the territory, stop and search duty, intelligence-led raids on black spots, surveillance, vehicular/foot patrol, and diversions at strategic points.
She added that the police commissioner enjoins residents not to panic ahead of the display of fireworks proposed for the eve of the inauguration.
"Consequent to the forthcoming 2023 Presidential Inauguration scheduled for May 29th, the FCT Police Command has deployed human and material resources across the nooks and crannies of the Federal Capital Territory to ensure a safe and peaceful Inauguration.
"The deployment which consists of all Intelligence and tactical assets at the Command’s disposal, solidified with inter-agency collaboration is borne out of the need to ensure a peaceful atmosphere during the inauguration and to avert any form of threat on the nation’s democratic process.
"The strategic operational deployment is characterized by visibility policing across the Territory, stop and search duty, intelligence-led raids on black spots, surveillance, vehicular/foot patrol, and diversions at strategic points namely: Goodluck Jonathan Expressway by Court of Appeal, Deeper Life Junction, Bond/Total Filling Station, POWA/FCDA Junction, Finance Junction by ECOWAS/Women Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eagle Square ( Phase 1 & Phase 11), Kur Muhammad Way/ National Mosque, Abia House, NITEL Junction by Ademola Adetokunbo, Gana Junction/Transcorp, Bayelsa House by Federal High Court, Aso Drive, Ceddi Plaza, NNPC Twin Tower and NNPC/NBS.
"The CP equally wishes to notify the public of proposed fireworks scheduled to take place on the eve of the inauguration, being midnight of 28/05/23, at the City Gate and the Millennium Tower, to usher in the new administration. The fireworks will be carried out by Messrs Innate Arts and Media.
"The Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Haruna G. Garba psc, while briefing senior officers from all units and formations of the Command on the operation order, charged the officers to ensure that attention is paid to details as they discharge their duties in tandem with best global best practices and respect for Fundamental Human rights.”
"He equally called for vigilance and urged residents to take advantage of the Police Control Room numbers in reporting suspicious activities: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883," the statement added.