Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has allayed the fears of residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs on recent perceived security threats.

He ordered massive deployment of additional police operatives and operational assets within the FCT and its environs to strengthen security and protection of life and property of its residents.

The deployment was also aimed at protecting critical national assets and vulnerable facilities as well as road users plying routes in and around the FCT.

Baba spoke while receiving general security updates on the nation during the Force Management Team’s meeting yesterday in Abuja.

The police boss urged the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of the Department of Operations, Bala Zama Senchi, to supervise and manage the deployment to ensure maximum security in the FCT and surrounding states.

He was responding to what the police called a high risk of attacks resonating from the threats “being speculated on the news, as the Force does not and will never handle any information with kid gloves”.

A statement in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said: “The IGP, however, cautioned members of the public, especially citizen-journalists, on the dangers of spreading false alarms, misinformation, and disinformation as they could be detrimental and counter-productive to national security.

“In the same vein, the IGP has assured Nigerians in general, and residents of the FCT in particular, of their safety and security, while urging them to go about their lawful duties without fear of attacks.

“He equally reiterated the firm determination of the police leadership to continue to explore avenues to enhance the security architecture in the country through intelligence gathering, operational deployments and application of cutting-edge technology to decimate the activities of criminal elements across the country.”