Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has warned Nigerian citizens and of course all other nationals residence in Nigeria to apply extra cautions in accepting gifts from people especially at this yuletide season.
The IGP stressed that such people may pose as friends and include explosives in such hampers as gifts.
IGP Arase’s warning was contained in a press statement issued yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olabisi Kolawole.
The statement said the police chief also cautioned 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 insecurity.
ACP Kolawole stated further that the IGP 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.
The Force spokeswoman said to ensure a peaceful and incident-free yuletide, the IGP 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.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Department of State Services, DSS has last weekend alerted residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja over plots by Boko Haram militants to attack Churches, Mosques and markets, using girls to bomb those places.
The FCT Director of Security Services, Mohammed Ibrahim, in a memo to religious bodies in the seat of power urged them to put their members on the alert.
The memo addressed to the National Presidents of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and the Christian Association of Nigeria asked residents to report suspicious elements around places of worship to the authorities.

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