By Bulus Gambo
The Plateau State Police Command in its quest to ensure a hitch free Sallah celebration is to deploy about 2,089 security personnel to help prevent crime during the festivities in the state.
A statement signed by the Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ubah Ogaba explained that this decision was taken during a meeting held on the 20th May, 2020 with security chiefs, religious leaders and other critical stakeholders in Plateau State in order to fine tune its strategies to ensure a crime free forthcoming Eid El Fitr celebrations across the state.
According to him, “In view of the above, the Command wishes to remind members of the public that the Federal and State Government safety directives on Covid-19 Pandemic are still in force. The Command therefore solicits the cooperation of the peace loving people and residents of Plateau State in the maintenance of law and order during the festivities on Saturday, 23rd and Sunday, 24th May, 2020.”
He further disclosed that “In order to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens during the Eid El Fitr celebration, the Command shall deploy a total of 2,089 personnel to detect and prevent crime as well as control traffic. There will be no prayers on all Eid grounds but Mosques where Eid Prayer will be observed should not have more than fifty (50) worshippers.
Social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and wearing of face mask is compulsory for all. There is a total ban on the use of tricycles (Keke) during these periods (Saturday and Sunday) within Jos metropolis and Bukuru areas of the State.
The PPRO noted that, “all relaxation centers such as the National Museum, Zoo, Wildlife Park, Social Joints and other Recreational Centers in the State is closed down as usual and in this period of Sallah celebration. The ban on the sale and use of fireworks such as knockout, bangers and other explosives is still in force and violators will face the wrath of the law.”
He further warned parents to counsel their children/wards not to indulge drugs/substance abuse as well as any other form of anti social activities, adding that, “furthermore, members of the public are enjoined to be security conscious, give useful and timely information to the Police and other security agencies in order to curtail the pre-Sallah illegal activities of Sara-Suka and other cult groups. Accordingly, residents of the state are called upon to promptly call the Commands emergency hotlines for vital information and complaints via 07059473022 08038907662 and or 09053872296. They are also enjoined to report any suspected case(s) of Covid-19 infection to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by calling the state emergency numbers via: 07025335638 and or 07025223672.
ASP Ogaba the said, “the Commissioner of Police wishes all residents of the State a hitch free Eid El Fitr celebration. God bless you.”