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  • Updated: May 22, 2020

2020 Eid-El-Fitr: IGP Warns Against Mass Socio-Religious Gatherings

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed  Adamu, has warned Muslim Faithful against socio-religious gatherings during the 2020 Eid-El-Fitr celebration. 

The Federal Government had on Thursday declared Monday and Tuesday, May 25 and 26 public holidays to observe the celebration. 

However, the Force, in a statement on Friday, reminds the citizens that the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders including the inter-state movement restriction orders, national curfew and the prohibition of mass socio-religious gatherings by the Federal Government in Lagos, Ogun, Kano States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and restriction orders by Governments in some States of the Federation, are still in force.

It, therefore, enjoins the citizens to observe the Eid celebrations bearing in mind the unusual times occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic as the Force will leave no stone unturned towards the due enforcement of the orders.

The IGP notes that the successful conclusion of the Ramadan, a period of self-denial geared towards attaining wholesomeness, reinforces his belief that with the citizens’ collective perseverance and voluntary compliance with the prevention regulations emplaced by Governments at all levels, the nation will surely overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IGP also assured Nigerians of adequate security during and after the Eid el-Fitr celebrations, noting that proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployments of tactical and intelligence assets of the Force, are already in place to prevent any untoward incidents in the country.

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