Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed police formations to respect essential workers who are exempted from the eased restriction and curfew across the country.
The clarification is coming on the heels of constant harassment of frontline workers helping to combat the coronavirus
Force spokesman DCP Frank Mba, in a statement says the IGP 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.
The statement confirms that the force 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.
The statement stresses that all essential workers, including medical personnel, ambulance service providers, journalists, firefighters amongst others remain exempted from the movement restriction as well as the national curfew.