Ahead of the celebration of Christmas and New Year in Nigeria, security and road safety agencies in the country said they have stepped up measures to ensure a hitch-free celebration.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, said in Ibadan on Wednesday that the command would enforce all extant laws prohibiting the sale and usage items during the season, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report.
According to the police commissioner, the ban on the sale and use of fireworks remained in force.
Serious sanctions await violators and warned dealers, traders and suppliers of fireworks against trading the banned material, she warned.
Onadeko directed Area Commanders, Divisional Police officers and Tactical Commanders to clamp down on all unauthorised street carnivals which in most cases were avenues for instigating gang-related violence.
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She said that the Police Command in the state could be reached in case of emergency through the following telephone lines: control room number, 615 (toll free), 07055495413 and 08081768614.
In a related news, the Akwa Ibom FRSC said it has deployed 519 personnel as part of efforts to ensure free flow of traffic in the state during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The Sector Commander in the state, Mr Matthew Olonisaye, gave the figure in an interview with the newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday.
Olonisaye said the personnel which comprised 305 Regular Marshals and 214 Special Marshals were deployed across the 31 local government areas.
The sector commander advised motorists and other road users to celebrate with caution and avoid speeding.
In Adamawa, the FRSC told NAN that it had deployed more than 1,000 personnel, including Special Marshals for patrol during the period.
Also, the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) assured that its personnel would complement the police to maintain peace in the communities throughout the festivities.
LNSA’s General Manager, Dr Ifalade Oyekan said this in an interview with the newsmen.
“We also have our patrol, intelligence and surveillance officers working in all local governments and council development areas in the state to ensure the safety of citizens,” Oyekan stated.