In order to compliment the Safer Highway Patrol, following the disbandment of road blocks on highways across the country and the approaching yuletide season, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, has directed the deployment of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, aimed at ensuring proper policing of the length and breadth of the nation’s highway.
The IGP also ordered additional deployment of manpower to Kogi and Bayelsa States ahead of the gubernatorial elections in November and December respectively, to ensure a crime-free election in both states.
Force Spokesperson, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, Olabisi Kolawole, said in a statement yesterday that the police chief gave the directive while briefing members of the Police Management Team in his office.
The IGP noted that these measures have become imperative to ensure proper monitoring of activities leading to a hitch-fee election.
“This is in addition to stepping up police visibility on our highways in the yuletide and to systematically decapitate hoodlums taking advantage of the season to unleash terror on innocent Nigerians.’’
The IGP also banned fireworks and firecrackers during yuletide celebrations, stressing that the decision was due to incessant terror attacks in some parts of the country caused by Boko Haram.
According to the statement, “it has come to the knowledge of the Nigeria Police Force that some Nigerians have started using fireworks and firecrackers in anticipation of the yuletide celebrations.’’
ACP Kolawole noted that with the present security situation, occasioned by recent bombings in parts of the country, the IGP advised Nigerians to desist from using fireworks, otherwise called ‘knock out’ as the ban on it is still in force.
She said the warning became crucial as there are reports that hoodlums are now using fireworks to confuse Nigerians in order to carry out their nefarious activities.
“Violators of this warning will be made to face the wrath of the law,” the statement warned.

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