With the coronavirus scare mounting across the country, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has sounded an alarm, warning that with the emergence of the pandemic there is a possibility of an increase in crimes and assaults.
Speaking during a TV programme on NTA on Monday, May 25, on the discussion themed "COVID-19: Emerging Security Challenges" Frank Mba, the force public relation officer, made the projection amid challenges faced by the Nigerian police.
Legit.ng recalls that during the first two weeks of the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and FCT, many crimes and social vices were perpetrated leading to loss of lives and properties as hoodlums invaded houses.
Nigeria currently has 7,839 cases after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 313 new cases in 17 states on Sunday.
As the coronavirus crisis bites harder at large on the country's over 200 million population, Mba said more crimes bordering on "domestic violence and sexual assaults, burglary and housebreaking" will be recorded.
"With the emergence of COVID-19, police projected possible increase in Cybercrime activities, domestic violence & sexual assaults, burglary/housebreaking, counterfeiting of medical equipment associated with the management of COVID-19 amongst other crimes patterns and trends," he said.
He, however, submitted that adequate measures have been put in place to tackle an increase in security loopholes and crimes as Nigeria channels concentrated efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic with the security operatives.
"Adequate resources and strategies were however emplaced to combat these trends and Nigerians also alerted not to fall victim of the imminent COVID-19 criminal activities," he further noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a police inspector identified as Felix Egbon was shot dead in Edo state on Friday, May 8, by suspected hoodlums after he was attacked.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the policemen attached to Auchi division of the Edo state police command was enforcing the curfew imposed by the federal government alongside his colleagues.
The police public relations officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirming the incident in Benin, on Saturday, May 8, said a manhunt had been launched to arrest the attackers.
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