The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon E. Arase, has stressed the need for worshippers to be security alert and report all suspicious characters and observations.
He urged people at Church services to make conscious efforts to know fellow members of their congregation, as this would make it easier to spot strangers in their midst.
Arase made the call in an Easter message to Nigerians.
Operators of motor parks, shopping malls and recreational centres were also told to work very closely with the Police and other security agencies, to strengthen general security in their respective facilities.
The IGP said he had “directed all Zonal AIGs and State Command Commissioners of Police to take all necessary measures in ensuring the provision of adequate security for worshippers, travellers, picnickers and all citizens across the country before, during and after the festive season. Command Commissioners of Police are to personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centres, motor parks, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resort are adequately and effectively protected”.
Arase felicitated with Christians and urged Nigerians to be open minded to issues of forgiveness, peace and harmonious co-existence, “in consonance with the principles and teachings of Christ, especially, in this trying moment in the history of our dear country.”
The Police chief saluted officers and men of the Force for their “courage, dedication, tireless and selfless services to Nigerians and the country, especially, in the face of current challenges.”