By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Police Command on Sunday assured the people of the state of adequate security before, during and after the Christmas festive period,
The Command in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its Public Relations Officer, (PPRO). SP Adekunle Ajisebutu also warned against use of explosive fireworks such as banger, etc, during the festive season throughout the state.
According to SP Ajisebutu, the ban on the use use fireworks by the command was as s result ” of their security implications as such explosives are capable of causing fire incident, damage to valuable property and injury to persons or even loss of precious lives.”
“As the yuletide approaches, it is envisaged that citizens especially children would celebrate using explosive fireworks. While we cannot, and do not intend to stop merrymaking children and others from expressing their joy during this festive season, they are reminded that the police have a statutory duty to maintain law and order. Any act, therefore, that is capable of undermining peace and security in the state will not be condoned.” he said
The PPRO emphasized that “the command has concluded plans to clamp down on the merchants and users of these articles.”, stressing that ” Policemen, either in uniform or plainclothes, have been directed to embark on arrest and prosecution of offenders.”.
“While the Command assures residents of adequate security before, during and after the festive period, it wishes everyone Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.”