The Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu, has directed the Commissioners of Police in States where the social restriction orders have been emplaced to continue with the due enforcement of the orders.
This directive by the IG was contained in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, on Thursday.
Mba said Adamu, while felicitating with the Nigerian Christian Community as Christendom commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, called on religious leaders in Lagos and Ogun States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as well as other States affected by the restriction orders, to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies and use their leadership positions to encourage worshippers to observe prayers and worship programmes in the confines of their homes.
He noted that the call had become necessary in order to curtail the community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has immensely challenged humanity across all spheres of life.
Mba said Adamu expressed deep concerns that for the first time in the annals of our history, circumstances have compelled us to emplace restrictions on social gatherings, which inevitably is also affecting religious programmes of all faiths.
He therefore enjoined Nigerians to see the restrictions in the light of the symbolism of Easter, which connotes sacrifice, tolerance, perseverance, love and ultimate triumph.
Meanwhile, the IGP reassured the citizenry in the statement that the Nigeria Police will remain steadfast and committed in the duty of ensuring public safety and security during the Easter period and beyond.
He wished Nigerians Happy Easter Celebrations.