In compliance to the social restriction placed by the federal government to curtail the spread of the pandemic in the country, Enugu State Command of the Nigerian Police has announced its commencement to enforce strict measures in the state.
Daniel Ndukwe, the command's Public Relations Officer, in a statement this Monday, said the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahaman, has asked his men to forthwith desist from unnecessary arrests and detention of trivial suspects, except in cases of heinous crimes. He also said that and all detained suspects must be screened to ensure that they have not been affected by the pandemic.
The statement read: “In pursuance of the above, the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman, while entreating the good citizens of Enugu State to willingly abide by such legitimate orders and measures aimed at controlling the spread of the virus in the State, has ordered all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Tactical/Operational Units of the Command to ensure the strict enforcement of the social restriction orders and other legitimate orders by the Federal and Enugu State Governments.”
The Commissioner of Police, while enjoining Officers and Men of the Command to observe personal safety measures, directed them to stop forthwith any form of unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects in Police Cells within the Command.
He also ordered the immediate release on bail of suspects who might have been detained for offenses considered not very serious and/or bailable.
In line with this, suspects arrested for serious offenses such murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape/defilement and others that are non bailable, must be thoroughly screened before they are detained to avoid the spread of the virus.
The state's Commissioner of Police also urged citizens to remain vigilant in this trying moment while assuring residents of the command's commitment to ensure security and safety of lives and property.