The Police Command in Nasarawa State has deployed over 1,000 personnel to guard government facilities in the state, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawal Shehu, has said.
Shehu made the information known in Lafia on Monday when he addressed newsmen.
He said the deployment to the 13 local government areas and the state capital was to ensure that government property were not damaged by hoodlums.
“The police need to protect these properties since the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress have declared an indefinite strike in the state since last week Friday.
“Nobody is going to work, so if we did not deploy our men to be on ground and protect these facilities, hoodlums can take advantage of the situation. “It is the responsibility of the police and the other law enforcement agencies to guarantee security of lives and properties without being reminded by anybody, “ he added.
He said that the personnel would remain in their places of deployment till the workers called off the strike. The commissioner of police explained that the security personnel would work for 24 hours till the end of the strike. He advised members of the public to be vigilant and report suspicious movements of people or activities to the nearest security outfits for prompt action.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that workers in the state on Friday commenced an indefinite strike over the cut in their salaries by the state government.