Usman Alkali-Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has planned activities to ensure the successful inauguration of President-elect Bola Tinubu on May 29.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the police chief stated that adequate personnel drawn from at least ten police units will protect the presidential villa and provide security around Eagle Square.
The police also stated that there will be fireworks at the City Gate at midnight, but residents should not be alarmed.
In view of the above, the Nigeria Police hereby warns Nigerians who do not have any business around the vicinity during the ceremony to steer clear as security measures are emplaced to ensure serenity and orderliness, the police said.
The police also revealed that diversions have been set up throughout the capital city in response to certain restricted areas on/before the event.
They are as follows: the Goodluck Jonathan Expressway by the Court of Appeal; the Deeper Life Junction, the Bond/Total Filling Station, the POWA/FCDA Junction, the Finance Junction by ECOWAS/Women Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Eagle Square (Phase 1 & Phase 11).
Kur Muhammad Way/National Mosque, Abia House, Ademola Adetokunbo’s NITEL Junction, Gana Junction/Transcorp, Bayelsa House by Federal High Court, Aso Drive, Ceddi Plaza, NNPC Twin Tower, and NNPC/NBS are among the others.
The Inauguration ceremonies at all state levels have also been catered for, as the IGP has directed Command Commissioners of Police and other security agencies to carry out heavy deployments to fortify venues of the Inauguration Ceremonies in their various states, the police said.
IGP Baba, thus enjoined the populace to cooperate with the Police for a seamless transition of power.
The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, urges all citizens to adhere to the rules and regulations as regards the Inauguration. He also reminds good citizens of Nigeria to report any suspicious activity or persons to the Police or other relevant security agencies.
The Police, therefore, warn non-state actors or any aggrieved groups or individuals to follow due process and the rule of law in seeking redress in their cases as the law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to subdue any confrontational or act of insecurity.
In conclusion, to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians, we ask all citizens to support the Police and be law-abiding. NPF is committed to ensuring a safe and secure Nigeria before, during, and after the Inauguration.