Killing of Iranian general: IGP places policemen on red alert after Shiites protest

The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has placed Police Commands and Formations nationwide on red alert after the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on Friday by US forces in Baghdad, Iraq.

Dateline Nigeria reports that already members of the Shiite group Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) have staged a protest in parts of the country where they condemned the United States of America and Israel over the killing.

The IMN is led by the pro-Iranian cleric Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

The IGP’s order is contained in a statement which was shared on the Twitter handle of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Sunday.

“This proactive measure follows 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.

“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.

“Meanwhile, the IGP has 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.”

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