COVID-19: IGP stops suspects’ detention over minor offences

As part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General, and Command Commissioners (CPs) across the country to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.


Specifically, the IGP directed that henceforth, “detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention”.

This was as the police chief further directed that the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all Police primary and secondary schools nationwide, be closed until further notice.

Adamu’s directives were conveyed in a statement sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.

They came in the face of rising cases of the viral disease in the country, which stood at 30, as at the time of filing this report Sunday.

According to the statement, zonal and state commands of the police were further directed to enforce the social restriction order.

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