The Nigeria Police Force, Zone 5, has reaffirmed the prohibition on using fireworks both during and after the holiday season.
Lawan Jimeta, the AIG in charge of the zone that includes the states of Edo and Delta, made this announcement in a statement released by DSP Tijani Momoh, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, on Saturday in Abuja.
The explosive devices, in accordance with Jimeta, have the potential to endanger lives and property, disrupt public tranquility, and unnecessarily frighten locals.
The zone hereby urges to the general public, parents and guardians alike, to refrain from detonating or lighting these devices in light of the aforementioned.
“Parents are to discourage their kids and wards from buying or using these things.
Retailers of these devices are also urged to stop selling them as anyone or any group of people discovered disobeying the order would be detained and prosecuted as a result, he said.
Additionally, as the Christian faithful and others in the zone celebrate Christmas, the AIG chose the means to send his holiday blessings to them.
Residents in the zone were reassured by him that the zonal command was prepared to ensure the safety and security of people and property throughout the holiday season.
He said the area has put in place sufficient security measures, both in terms of human and material resources, to guarantee a trouble-free and seamless Yuletide celebration.
Jimeta added urged everyone to observe the celebrations in moderation while always remaining aware of their surroundings for security reasons.
He urged that suspicious people or movements should be reported right away to the local police station.