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Police Did Not Ban Assembly Devotion in School, Says IGP

Valentine Chinyem

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has clarified reasons why the Police advised the suspension of school assembly devotion.

He said the Police did not issue any order banning assembly devotion in primary and secondary schools nationwide, but only issued advisory notice predominantly to the states where there are challenges of insurgency.

In a statement issued by the Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, Ag. ACP Olabisi Kolawole, said IGP Arase gave the advisory notice against the backdrop of current security challenges in the country.

The statement read: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, fdc, NPM, wishes to inform the general public that the Force has not issued any order banning assembly devotion in primary and secondary schools anywhere in Nigeria.
“The IGP notes that against the backdrop of current security challenges in the country, the Police only issued advisory notice directed predominantly to the states where there are insurgency, enjoining them to apply caution in the said assembly so that such congregations do not present soft target for insurgents.

“Reminding citizens of their freedom to worship as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Police High Command states that the Nigeria Police Force did not stop anybody from taking part in prayer sessions organised by schools, churches and mosques, describing the congregation as the constitutional and democratic rights of Nigerians.

“The IGP calls on the general public to see the present position of the Force as a necessary sacrifice for the security, safety and peace our schools need, as security is a collective responsibility.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, therefore, reassures Nigerians of the Police’s determination to strengthening and enhancing the safety and security of all residents of Nigeria while counting on Nigerians to continue to support and work in synergy with the Nigeria Police Force toward the achievement of its constitutional mandate.”