Yuletide Season: Police Warns Against Bangers, Knockouts, Fireworks

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The Nigerian Police Force, Kwara State Command has warned the residents of the state against the use of bangers, knockouts, fireworks, firecrackers, or any other explosive device during the yuletide season.

The warning was disclosed in a statement issued by the public relations officer of the command, Adetoun Ejire-Adeyemiom behalf of the Commissioner Victor Olaiya, said the ban had become imperative because firecrackers and other explosive devices can lead to extensive damage to properties.

He added that it can also cause severe injuries or pose a threat to the safety and security of citizens, disturbance of public peace.

The statement read “As we approach the forthcoming festivities in Kwara State, The Commissioner of Police, CP VICTOR OLAIYA, psc(+) extends his warm season greetings to the citizens of the state. The Command understands the excitement and passion that accompanies these celebrations.

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“However, it is imperative to maintain law and order; respecting the rights and well being of others in our community. The CP has urged citizens of the State to refrain from acts that may disrupt the peace and tranquility within the neighborhood.

“Additionally, the ban on the use of Fireworks, Firecrackers or any other explosive device is still enforced; therefore the CP has warned person(s) against the use of these dangerous or harmful devices as ‘it can lead to extensive damage to properties, severe injuries or pose as a threat to safety and security of citizens, disturbance of public peace. Anyone caught in this act will be made to face the wrath of the law.

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“The CP further enjoined citizens to be law-abiding, shunning all forms of criminal acts as he has ordered that all Area Commanders, Divisional Police officers, and Heads of Tactical Units in the command to provide maximum security within their area of responsibility before, during and after the yuletide. The CP wishes everyone a joyous Christmas and a blissful New Year. We can celebrate responsibly together with our loved ones and make this festive season a memorable and safe experience for all.

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“Finally, The Commissioner of Police CP VICTOR OLAIYA, psc(+) has beckoned on the good people of Kwara State to join hands in fostering a peaceful and harmonious co-existence by reporting any suspicious movement of person(s) or people to the nearest police station or via these emergency telephone numbers 08125275046 or 07032069501 or log in to the NPF Rescue Me Application, this can be found on the Google Play Store or through the PPRO social media handles.”

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