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IGP orders security at praying grounds for Eid-el-Fitri


[FILES] Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu; Director General. Department of State Services, Alhaji Yusuf Bichi and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai-Abubakar, at a press briefing on the commencement of Operation Puff Adder and immediate suspension of all mining activities to check armed banditry in Zamfara State at the State House, Abuja… January, 15, 2019. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered watertight security at all praying grounds across the country as Muslims prepare for the Eid-el-Fitri celebration to mark the end of Ramadan. In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba, the IGP assured Nigerians of adequate security before, during and after the celebration in all the states and the FCT.

The IGP directed Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in charge of Zones and State commands nationwide, to intensify security in all Eid praying grounds’ and other sensitive locations including recreation centres, public highways, public utilities and critical infrastructure.

IGP Adamu, however, called on members of the public to remain vigilant and avail the Police and other security agencies with useful information by reporting any suspicious persons and movements so as to prevent any untoward situation.

Meanwhile, the Muslim faithful in Nigeria have been enjoined to remain steadfast to the inherent lessons of the holy month of Ramadan, which includes godliness, philanthropy, good neighbourliness, contentment and righteousness. National telecommunications operator, Globacom, made the call in a goodwill message to Nigerian Muslims. The company congratulated them on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and celebration of Eid-el-Fitri, and urged the Muslim faithful to see the season as a time for worship, piety and sober reflection.

“We wish Nigerian Muslims happy Eid-el-Fitri. We join them to celebrate the conclusion of the holy month, and urge everyone to redouble efforts towards making Nigeria a better place for all. As you round off the Ramadan fast, May the Almighty Allah accept your prayers,” Globacom prayed.

The company also enjoined all Muslim faithful to pray for the peace and unity of the nation. “It is our belief that, with our collective efforts, Nigeria will witness phenomenal growth and development,” the statement added.

The Ramadan fast is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar as enshrined in the Holy Quran and concluded with the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri. It is the fourth pillar of the Islamic faith, and it involves 29 or 30 days of fasting by Muslims.

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