The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Suleiman Abba has urged Nigerians to be vigilant while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends during the season, to avoid explosive-laden owing to the emerging security challenges in parts of the country.
The IGP also cautioned against the use of fireworks such as knockout, “bangers” and other explosives in the celebration as they could cause distraction that may further heighten fear of insecurity.
A statement, signed by the Force Public Relations Office, Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu said the IGP also enjoined citizens to shun all forms of violence and unlawful acts, eschew bitterness, hatred and rancor and go about their legitimate duties without fear of intimidation from any quarter during and after the season.
According to the statement: “to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Yuletide, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police, to take all necessary measures in ensuring the provision of adequate security for worshippers, travelers, picnickers and all citizens across the country before, during, and after the season.
“Command Commissioners of Police are to personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centres, motor parks, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resort are adequately and effectively protected”.