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YULETIDE: POLICE PROHIBITS THE SALES, USE OF FIREWORKS

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

CP Babaji Sunday, the Commissioner of Police for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, has outlawed the sale and usage of all fireworks, firecrackers, and knockouts in the FCT.

The order, according to the CP, is part of the Police’s proactive effort to maintain relative quiet in the FCT and appropriately manage crimes and criminality, particularly those associated with the end of the year and the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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The CP went on to say that, in addition to being a nuisance and disrupting public order, knockouts can also cause undue anxiety and worry, as well as additional dangers related with their use during the harmattan period.

“This is in addition to the possibility of offering a safe haven for offenders after they have committed a crime,” the CP stated.

To that end, the CP has directed all Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Police Units in the FCT to ensure that the prohibition is strictly enforced and that anyone who violates the order is apprehended and prosecuted.

The CP, also urged parents and guardians to instill in their children and wards the importance of refraining from selling and using pyrotechnics, firecrackers, knockouts, and other similar items, since the ban is in everyone’s best interests.

He advised those who trade in these prohibited commodities to look for alternate, legitimate ventures, emphasizing that business will not be as usual in the FCT.

CP Babaji, reassured the good people of the FCT to be more vigilant and security conscious, and to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood immediately via the commands emergency numbers 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, saying that the Police remain committed to the safety, security, and peaceful coexistence of all residents in the Capital.

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