The Inspector General of Police has placed the Nigerian Police Commands and Formations on red alert nationwide.
The move follows mounting anger among Iranians and Iraqis over the U.S government-sponsored assassination of Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force last Thursday.
Recall that last Thursday, a US air raid in Baghdad, Iraq, killed Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF, or Hashd al-Shaabi), an Iran-backed umbrella organisation comprising several militias.
In a short statement issued on Sunday evening, the Nigerian Police said placing cops on red alert across the country was a proactive measure informed by “Intelligence Report that sequel to the recent killing of an Iranian General; some domestic interests are planning to embark on massive public disturbances and sabotage.”
Although tne po.oce did not finger any particular group, the minority Shiite Muslims in the country and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, who have strong links with Iran, a Shiite Muslim dominated country, will be under special survelliance.
The police said 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,”tne statement added.
The IGP also assured all Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria of adequate security. He has equally warned all potential troublemakers to steer clear of the streets and territory of Nigeria.