LAGOS, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Police have stepped up security measures across Nigeria in preparation for this year's Eid-el-Fitr celebration, when large number of travelers are expected to visit and worship centers and parks.
Nigeria's Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris confirmed on Thursday that security measures are being taken after the government declared Friday, June 15, and Monday June 18 as public holiday to celebrate the 2018 Eid-El Fitr, the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The police chief, in a statement reaching Xinhua ordered massive deployment of personnel throughout the country for the celebration.
The personnel are also expected to beef up security at all Eid praying grounds and other venues of celebration throughout the country, he added, noting that this operation will cover recreation centers, public places and critical infrastructure and public utilities.
According to him, federal highway patrol teams and anti-crime patrols have been deployed along major roads and highways throughout the country, noting that they are under strict instruction to be civil, polite and firm in carrying out their duties.
Idris said police visibility patrols and surveillance would be maintained, raiding of criminal hideouts, black spots currently ongoing throughout the country.
In some strategic cities like Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub, the police has embarked on a "show of force" to demonstrate its crime-fighting ability.
Two helicopters being operated by the state's Rapid Response Squad were also deployed during the exercise.
Edgal Imohimi, the Commissioner of Police in the state, while addressing policemen from various divisions, said the exercise was meant to assure residents of the readiness of the police to provide adequate security.