By Deborah Coker, Abuja.
The Nigeria Police Force, Zone 5, has reiterated the ban on the use of fireworks in the zone during and after the Yuletide celebrations.
Mr Lawan Jimeta, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of the zone, comprising Edo and Delta states, disclosed this in a statement issued by DSP Tijani Momoh, Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, on Saturday in Abuja.
Jimeta said that the devices were explosives that could cause harm to lives and properties, while disturbing public peace and causing unnecessary panic for residents of the zone.
“In view of this, the zone hereby appeals to the general public, parents and guardians alike to desist from detonating or lighting these devices.
“Parents are to encourage their children and wards against the purchase or use of these items.
“Retailers of these devices are equally advised and warned to stop the sale, as any person or group of persons found flouting this order would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” he said.
The AIG, however, used the medium to felicitate the Christian faithful and others in the zone as they celebrated Christmas.
Jimeta assured the residents that the zonal police command was poised to guarantee safety and security of lives and properties throughout the festive period.
He said that the zone had emplaced adequate security measures, in terms of human and material resources, to ensure a hitch-free and seamless Yuletide celebration.
Jimeta, however, urged all to celebrate the festivities with moderation, while remaining security consciousness of their environment at all times.
“Suspicious persons or movements should be reported to the nearest police station immediately,” he said.