Nigerian police send detectives to banks, ATM locations over naira scarcity, protests
The Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has deployed more police officers to commercial banks and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) points in the state following chaos going on in the country over naira scarcity.
There have been a series of protests in Ogun, Lagos states and other parts of the country as hardship and excruciating pains unleashed by the naira scarcity continue to hit Nigerians harder, forcing some businesses to shut down while some pupils and students no longer afford transport fares to go to school.
Announcing the security beef up in a statement, the Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat, also warned the people of the state against any violent protest as the command would not allow any persons or group of persons to truncate the peace, law and order in the state.
Butswat said, “The Bayelsa State Police Command has beefed up security in Banks and ATM points in the State due to the scarcity of the new Naira notes.
“The Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command, CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo, has charged Divisional Police Officers, Tactical Commanders, and other operatives to closely monitor Banks and ATM points to forestall any breach of the peace.
“The Command understands the plight of the masses and we are hopeful that the new measures introduced by the CBN will improve the circulation of the currency in the coming days.
“Miscreants, under any guise, are hereby warned to desist from carrying out any unlawful assembly to unleash violence in the State, as the Command will not allow any person(s) or group of persons to truncate the relative peace being enjoyed in the State.
“The Command is appealing to Members of the public to remain calm and go about their lawful and legitimate businesses as the command is poised to guarantee public safety and security.”