Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, has ordered all police commands and formations in the country to be on “red alert” following the death of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian general.
Adamy gave this directive in a statement issued by Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Sunday.
Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was killed in a drone strike authorised by the United States President, Donald Trump, on Friday.
Following Soleimani’s death, some members of the Shi’ite Islamic sect, which the late general belonged to, were seen on social media protesting his killing in some parts of Northern Nigeria, carrying banners which had the inscription: “Death to America.”
Speculations were rife that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), the biggest Shi’ite group in Nigeria, may be planning a bigger protest to cause “massive public disturbances and sabotage”, thereby prompting the police to intervene.
According to the statement, the IGP directed all senior police commanders to ensure that peace is maintained and ensure that no form of public unrest occurs in their domain in the coming days.
“Consequently, Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police have been directed to ensure maximum surveillance and security of lives and property across the nation.
“The Police Commanders have been directed to ensure strategic deployments of both overt and covert Police operatives to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens, foreigners especially diplomats and diplomatic missions domiciled in Nigeria as well as the protection of critical national assets,” the statement read.
Adamu assured all Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria of adequate security.