The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has assured Nigerians of their safety.
According to a statement by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, force spokesman, Usman Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP), said the police will work with other security agencies to ensure the safety of all persons.
Baba also charged all strategic police managers in charge of commands and tactical formations to beef up security in their respective jurisdictions, especially in the FCT.
“The IGP directed that all emergency numbers across the country to be activated to full capacity for a 24/7 prompt response with combatant officers and men on standby to respond in case of emergency situations and distress calls,” the statement reads.
“The IGP, therefore, allays the fear of residents in the FCT and admonishes them to go about their lawful businesses and normal social lives/engagements as all hands are on deck to nip any security threat in the bud and respond to distress calls promptly.
“The IGP similarly reiterates the commitment of the Nigeria Police to eliminating all threats, as well as protection of lives and property of all residents of the country.”
The IGP statement comes on the heels of the security alert issued by the United States to its citizens in Nigeria.
The US had said the federal capital territory (FCT) stands a high risk of attack, and that terrorists may target government buildings, places of worship, schools, and markets.
However, the Department of State Services (DSS) has called for calm, adding that security agencies are taking measures to ensure safety.
See the police emergency numbers below.