Speaking recently, police spokesperson, Frank Mba came out to say that medical personnels, ambulance service providers, journalists, firefighters, and all workers considered essential in the battle against COVID-19 are free to carry on with their jobs after 8 pm in Nigeria.
According to him, Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and State Command Commissioners of Police should pay close attention to the curfew orders while respecting the fundamental rights of the citizens.
He added that all workers who fall within these categories should not take undue advantage of their positions and privileges to advance other purposes not connected with the performance of their duties within the stated period.
His words, “The Force wishes to state that it is not oblivious of the sensitive, indispensable, patriotic and frontline role of the nation’s workforce that falls within the category of Essential Service Providers particularly as it relates to efforts to curtail and 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.”
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