Police gives assurance of security at prayer grounds

Rebecca Mu'azu, Gombe

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The Yobe State Government has approved the placement of restriction of vehicular movement throughout the state from 10.00pm on Thursday night to 10.00am on  Friday as Muslims mark the Eid el-Fitr.

A statement by the Director-General of Press Affairs to the Yobe State Governor, Abdullahi Bego said the governor directed that the restriction was also applicable to vehicles being used to Eid prayer grounds, except those that with express security clearance or those on emergency services.

The statement said the measure was taken to ensure peaceful, secure and hitch-free Eid el-Fitr festival, while urging the public to comply by the directives.

Operations and approach
In the meantime, the Borno State Police Command says it has deployed 5,000 policemen across the state, ahead of Sallah, saying it would restrict movements of all means of transportations to ensure peaceful celebration.

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Damian Chukwu said the deployment was aimed at safeguarding the lives and properties of the people during Eidil fitr celebration, recalling that the Boko Haram insurgents have not surrendered, hence the need for the change in operations and approach.

“We have deployed a total of 5,000 policemen across the state including Conventional, Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) Mobile Policemen, Explosive Ordained Device, (EOD) and others to ensure we have hitch free Sallah celebration across the state. We have put in place security measures with other security agencies because we don’t know what the insurgents has in minds, adding that restrictions of donkeys, motorcycles and all means of transportation will not allow before and during prayer across the state,” the Borno State Police Commissioner said.

Mr. Chukwu also appealed to the Muslims faithful worshippers to observe their prayers near to their various homes.

“We have additional prayers centres. So it is very important to say this, it is advisable that the worshippers go out early, so as to avoid stampeding in various prayers centres,” said Chukwu.

In the mean time, the police Commands in Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba have all pledged to provide enough security for a peaceful celebration on June 15 and 16, 2018.

In Bauchi State, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sanusi Lemu, said the command was fully prepared to deal with hoodlums, political thugs and other disgruntled elements that may cause panic among the public during the period and hoped to collaborate with sister security agencies and all stakeholders to ensure peaceful and hitch free celebrations.

The Commissioner of Police in Gombe State, Mr. Tairu Shina Olukolu, promised the continues support of the police in the state for better service delivery in the performance of its constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and property, especially during the Sallah period.

From Taraba State, the Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. David Misel, told Voice of Nigeria that the Police was providing a 24 hour surveillance on the major highways and all over the state, to ensure a hitch free Eid-El Fitir Celebration across all 16 local government.

Mr. Misel said the Police Commissioner, Mr. David Akinremi, had directed the Safer High Ways Patrol to mount a 24 hour surveillance on major roads, Praying Grounds, shopping malls and all places that could attract crowd.

“We have operation order. Operation order is part of our security arrangements when it comes to festivities. And the operation order covers the entire states. So in our operation order, we will be deploying a high adequate number of people. We have deployed. We have deployed thousands of our policemen. We have told them what they are expected to do. And it will interest you to equally note that the Commissioner of Police has strictly instructed these officers to be polite to the general public during this period and to make sure that everybody’s right is respected,” said Mr. Misel.

Mr. Misel said the Taraba State Police Command was precisely deploying 2, 500 personnel across the state to provide surety during the Eid-El Fitir Celebration on Friday, June 15.

In another development, the Federal Road Safety Corps in Gombe State is deploying 295 personnel, 10 Patrol vans and four ambulances across the state during the Eid-El Fitir Celebration.

A statement by the Sector Commander, Mr. Godwin Omiko, enjoined road users to defensively and with great caution, obey traffic rules and regulation during the celebration.

Mr. Omiko cautioned motorists to avoid overloading, wrongful overtaking and most importantly to avoid driving or riding under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any intoxicating substances, warning that erring motorists would be apprehended.

Lateefah Ibrahim