The Ogun State Police Command has announced a total ban on the use of banger, firecrackers and knockout, saying that anyone caught would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, handed down the warning in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital, while parading about 35 suspects arrested from various areas across the state for various offenses.
The command also paraded a truck loaded with 297 bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp along Ajuwon/Akute road in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Police Commissioner, it is now a crime to organise illegal procession, use firecrackers, knockout, etc. He said that the sale and use of those items remained banned, just as he asked residents and fun seekers to be moderate and vigilant.
While assuring residents of adequate protection of life and property, the Police boss also canvassed quality information from members of the general public that can lead to the arrest of criminals in their midst.
The Ogun State Police Command has read the riot act on the use of fireworks at carnivals without authorization, as the state prepares for the yuletide celebrations.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye, said this at a meeting held at the Police Officers Mess in Abeokuta, the state capital, with members of the Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC.
He said that the command will not take it lightly with perpetrators of unauthorized use of fireworks and other behaviours that could compromise public safety and security of the state.
While assuring the indigenes of the state of adequate security of life and property, the commissioner of police also encouraged residents to always provide the Police with quality information that could lead to the arrest of criminals before, during and after the festivities.