IGP Backs Down, Confirms Exemption of Essential Workers from Lockdown

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Barely 24 hours after issuing a directive banning medical practitioners, journalists, and other professionals considered as essential service providers from moving during curfew period, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has confirmed the exemption of all essential workers from the restriction of movement associated with both the partial lockdown and the national curfew across the federation.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba stated this in a new press release on Wednesday.

IGP Backs Down, Confirms Exemption of Essential Workers from Lockdown
IGP Mohammed A. Adamu

He noted as, against the earlier directive that journalists’ medical personnel and others categorized as essential workers cannot move during the lockdown and 8 pm to 6 am curfew, those mentioned can now move with proper identification.

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According to him, all essential workers including medical personnel, firefighters, ambulance services, journalists, and others are exempted from the restriction of movement associated with both the partial lockdown and the national curfew across the Federation.

“Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed A. Adamu has therefore directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commands Commissioners of Police to give effect to these exemptions whilst enforcing the restriction orders, ” Mba said.

The IGP through a press release had earlier directed commissioners of police across states where curfew we’re expected to be in effect, not to exempt any professional found violating the curfew orders from been arrested.

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