Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has directed zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police to protect Unity Schools and Federal Government Colleges in their areas.
The development may not be unconnected with the killing of two pupils of the Federal Government College, Kano by gunmen on Monday.
But the FGC Vice-Principal (Admin), Mrs Elizabeth, and Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who confirmed the attacks, said the pupils were not killed within the school premises.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mba assured parents of the safety of their pupils at both Unity Schools and FGCs.
He said, “The Police therefore wish to appeal to all users and subscribers of social media and other forms of mass media to exercise restraint and display high sense of responsibility, particularly when such information touches on issues of national security.
“Moreso, we wish to advise members of the public to always cross check their information with the police authorities before going to the press in order to avoid spreading fears and other psychological trauma associated with such false stories.”
According to him, the police are committed to the protection of lives and property. He called for the support and collaboration of all Nigerians towards the realisation of the constitutional goal of the police.
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission has said unless the Nigerian Police Force is allowed to be independent of the Presidency, the idea of reforming the police will remain a mirage.
Chairman of the commission, Dr. Chidi Odinkalu, said this in a keynote address he delivered during a Civil Society Organisation panel on police reform on Tuesday .
He said, “In one sentence the fate of the NPF is too important to be left to government and officialdom alone. Civil Society has an unmistakable stake in what happens to the institution. Under the constitution, the President is also actually our Chief of Police. But the President is also a party animal and a politician.”