Abuja - The police command in Sokoto State has banned the use of fireworks
and knockouts during the forthcoming Christmas and New Year festivities
in the state.
The police public relations officer for the command, DSP Al-Mustapha
Sani, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Sunday.
According to him, the measure becomes necessary due to the prevailing security situation in the country.
Sani said the use fireworks and knockouts were capable of frightening the residents, who might misconstrue them and panic.
The police spokesman warned residents, especially the youth, against
flouting the ban, and appealed to the parents and guardians to keep
watchful eyes on their children and wards.
He warned that "anyone found wanting in this regard will be dealt with accordingly."
Sani gave the assurance that the command would do its best to ensure
peaceful and memorable Christmas and New Year for the residents.
Also, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said the
command had mapped out strategies to ensure peaceful yuletide
Its commander, Yusha'u Aliyu, told NAN in a telephone interview
that the command had put its personnel "on red alert in this
"We have braced up to the additional security challenges that may come up during Christmas and New Year," Aliyu said.