Abuja - Members of the public have been
warned against receiving gifts from unknown people during the festive season.
The warning by police ahead of the Yuletide season comes
amid a spike in bomb attacks the Boko Haram sect is perpetrating.
“The Inspector-General of Police, in view of the Yuletide
season and the security challenges in the country, warns all citizens to be
vigilant while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends
during the season, to avoid explosive-laden
hampers as gifts,” Police Spokesperson, Olabisi Kolawale, said.
“The Inspector-General of Police also cautions against
the use of fireworks such as knockout, “bangers” and other explosives in the
celebrations as they could cause distraction that may further heighten fear of
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He also enjoined citizens to shun all forms of violence
and unlawful acts, eschew bitterness, hatred and rancour and go about their
legitimate duties without fear of intimidation from any quarter during and
after the season.
Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free
Yuletide, Arase has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of
Police, to take necessary measures in ensuring the provision of adequate
security for worshippers, travellers, picnickers and all citizens across the
country before, during, and after the celebration.
Command Commissioners of Police are to
personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their
jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centres, motor parks, shopping
malls, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resorts are
adequately and effectively protected.
- CAJ News