The Nigerian government has began to make preparations to protect Christians over this Christmas season. For the last two years, Christians have been targeted by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Since beginning their armed insurgency, they have killed over 3,000 people. Will the Nigerian government be able to protect Christians this year?
12/23/2012 Nigeria (PMNews) - Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, has directed all Zonal AIGs and State Command Commissioners of Police to take all necessary measures to ensure the provision of adequate security across the country before, during and after the Christmas.
“CPs are to personally, ensure that key and vulnerable points including: shopping malls, motor parks, financial houses, places of worship, recreation centres and other public places are adequately and effectively protected, to enable holiday makers, worshippers and the general public enjoy maximum fulfillment”, Abubakar said in a statement signed Force PRO, CSP Frank Mba.
In a similar vein, Abubakar directed Zonal AIGs and CPs to ensure the provision of 24hrs security around all government installations, strategic facilities and other key targets.
According to the statement by Mba, Commanders of Police Highway Patrol Teams have been ordered to ensure that motorized patrols on our highways targeted at crime and accident prevention, are intensified to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful celebration. Police men deployed on our highways have also been directed to render necessary assistance to travelers and road users, especially accident victims and those who may suffer vehicular break down.