By Amidu Arije
The Nigeria Police Force has reinstated that journalists, medical personnel and others listed under the essential workers category remain exempted from the axe of the law on imposed curfew in the country.
The police made this statement following public outcry over its manhadling of some essential workers in Lagos state on Tuesday night.
The police clarified this on Wednesday in a series of tweets on its twitter handle at Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG.
The tweet reads:
“Following unending inquiries on the status of essential workers in respect of the due enforcement of the national curfew and inter-state movement restriction orders emplaced by the Federal Government, it has become necessary to clear all ambiguity on the position of the Nigeria Police Force especially as it relates to persons on essential duties.
The Force wishes to state that it is not oblivious of the sensitive, indispensable, patriotic & frontline role of the nation’s workforce that falls within the category of Essential Service Providers particularly as it relates to efforts to curtail & contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
To this effect, all essential workers including medical personnel, ambulance service providers, journalists, fire-fighters, etc remain exempted from the movement restriction orders as well as the national curfew.
Consequently, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has directed Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and State Command Commissioners of Police to give maximum effect to these orders and extend due courtesies to essential service providers so affected and also ensure that personnel deployed for the enforcement duties respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, the IGP enjoins all workers who fall within these categories not to take undue advantage of their positions and privileges to advance other purposes not connected with the performance of their duties within the stated period.