Police Warn Against Illegal Procession During Yuletide

Police in Nigeria have called on youths and group of persons  intending to embark on any form of illegal procession during the yuletide season to refrain from such plan, as strategy has been put in place to stop such activities.

The AIG Zone Nine, Usman Gwary, gave the warning on Friday while addressing reporters in Umuahia, Abia State in south-east Nigeria.

He said that the police commands within the zone were on red alert to resist any movement that would cause any breakdown of law and order.

Recently, a group, Independent People of Biafra, seeking the actualisation of the State of Biafra, has held series of protests in the region, hampering business activities in the south-east.

The group is also calling for the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing trial and is being detained by the Department of State Service despite an order of a magistrate court granting him bail since October 19.

Mr Kanu is facing a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society which he has pleaded not guilty to.


Lagos Bans Open Procession, Fireworks During Yuletide

CP-Lagos-owoseniThe Lagos State Government on Wednesday warned residents to desist from holding open processions during the yuletide season. 

Briefing Government House Correspondents shortly after an emergency State Security Council meeting, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said the Council decided to stop any form of procession due to intelligence reports on security, which indicated the possibility of such processions being hijacked by hoodlums and criminal elements.

He therefore urged them to limit such gatherings to the enclosure of a venue.

The Police Commissioner maintained that in as much as the government would like residents to celebrate the yuletide with all the fanfare associated with the season, the security situation across the globe requires everyone to be on red alert, in order to prevent unscrupulous elements from unleashing terror on innocent citizens.

He, however, said that the state was not under any special security threat, adding that proactive measures have been put in place to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

“We all know that Christmas and New Year are fast approaching. Looking at what we have on ground in terms of strategies and logistics, the Council is convinced that we can reassure people in Lagos that this period of yuletide will be celebrated without hindrance”.

Police Assures Nigerians of Adequate Security During Christmas

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed  Abubakar,  has enjoined Christians  to emulate and imbibe the worthy virtues, principles and teachings of Christ, by being open minded to issues of peace, forgiveness and harmonious co-existence, especially, at this auspicious moment in the history of our country.

In a Christmas message signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations, Frank Mba, Mr Abubakar called on all Nigerians to appreciate and respect the diversities of the nation, and leverage on same as a source of strength and medium for national development.

Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Christmas celebration the police chief  has directed all Zonal AIGs and state command commissioners to take all necessary measures to ensure the provision of adequate security across the country before, during and after the celebration.

The Commissioners of police  are to personally, ensure that key and vulnerable points including: shopping malls, motor parks, financial houses, places of worship, recreation centres and other public places are adequately and effectively protected, to enable  holiday makers, worshippers and the general public enjoy maximum fulfilment.

Similarly, the Zonal AIGs and CPs have been directed to ensure the provision of 24hrs security around all government installations, strategic facilities and other key targets.

The Inspector General of Police also directed all commanders of police highway patrol teams to ensure that motorized patrols on highways targeted at crime and accident prevention, are intensified to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful celebration.

Police officials deployed the highways have also been directed to render necessary assistance to travellers and road users, especially accident victims and those who may suffer vehicular break down.

Mr Abubakar warned officers who will be deployed during the period, to ensure that they comport themselves and act within the confines of the law.

“They must be firm but polite, civil and professional in the discharge of their assigned roles, giving due regard and respect to the fundamental human rights of citizens at all times,” he said.