The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Enugu State, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, on Thursday advised the residents to celebrate responsibly by observing all COVID-19 protocols.
He gave the advice in a Christmas message issued by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, in Enugu.
Abdurrahman felicitated with the people of the state, particularly Christians, as they joined others in the country and the world, at large, to celebrate Christmas.
“I call on residents to celebrate in the most responsible manner and adhere to all the COVID-19 prevention protocols, as issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control amid the second wave of the pandemic.
“The Command is committed to collaborating with sister security agencies in providing adequate security during and after the Yuletide.
“I have directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Departments to ensure adequate policing of security flashpoints and the state in general.
“They should also deploy available manpower and operational resources at their disposal to ensure a hitch-free celebration.
“They will also focus on traffic control to ease human and vehicular movements of residents throughout the period,’’ he said.
The commissioner, however, reminded the residents of the extant ban on the procurement and use of fireworks, popularly known as “knockouts”.
Abdurrahman warned the people, especially children and youths, against any attempt to flout the ban, saying that any violator of the rule would not be spared.
“I wish the good people of the state a happy Christmas as well as a peaceful and prosperous New Year, 2021.
“I call on them to remain law-abiding, vigilant and support the police by promptly reporting criminal suspects and acts of criminality to the nearest police station.
“They can call the Command’s emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172; or send an e-mail to: email@example.com,’’ he added.