Eid Celebration: Police announce restriction of movement in Borno

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) said it has spent over N500m to pay medical bills of its personnel through the Health Management Organisation(HMO) under the National Health Insurance Scheme, It urged all police officers serving in Edo State to register under the Police HMO because of the several benefits they stood to gain. Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Medical, Force headquarters, Abuja, Dr Bolufunmilayo Obenbe, who spoke in Benin while sensitizing officers on the need to enrol with the police HMO to access healthcare said N300 million was spent on men and officer medical bills in 2018. Represented by Dr Ahmad Yakasai, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Police HMO, Dr. Obende stated that unlike some other HMOs, the Police HMO go out of its way to assist officers and men with medical challenges which fall under the total exclusion category of the NHIS scheme. He said, “Presently the Police HMO has the largest in the country with over 4,000 enrolees. Even when you enrolled with our HMO, you are at liberty to attend the health facility of your choice. “You need the scheme to cover your health needs after retirement. We want to introduce other products to also cater for your children in school. “We will give you the best more than you ever imagine with other HMO.” Obenbe explained that the Police HMO would have a large pool of funds to uplift the police health facilities and also provide more medical services for the officers and men of the Force if all them enrolled into the scheme Zonal Medical Officer, Dr Eze Emmanuel appealed to the police officer to always visit police health facilities when they are sick. He assured that the HMO will key into the vision of the NHIS of affordability, availability and accessibility, adding that the officer will benefit more from the police HMO as regards to the irregularities health. ” IG has decided that we sensitise the men and officers on the need to use police facilities by registering with the police HMO,” he said.

The Borno State Police Command has imposed a restriction of vehicular movement in the state.

Restriction of movement starts from 7 a.m. to 12. 15 p.m. during the Eid celebration in Maiduguri and Jere Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr. Abubakar Usman, the spokesman of the command announced this in a statement in Maiduguri.

The statement read: “Muslim faithful are once again celebrating Eid-el-Fitr on June 4 and June 5, marking 29th or 30 of Ramadan fast.

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“In furtherance to the above, there will be restriction of vehicular movement between 7 a.m. and 12:15p.m. beginning from June 4.

“The restriction, though regretted will include the use of motor vehicles, bicycles and animals except those nonessential duties.

“Muslim faithful are advised to pray in worship centers close to their homes and to ensure they go early enough for security screening and avoid the usual rush when prayers are about to commence thereby compromising the emplaced security measures.

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“In additional, the public especially youths who carry knives and other dangerous weapons to praying grounds and other recreational places like the zoological park, are warned to desist from the act or face the full wrath of the law.”