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The government of Anambra state yesterday reiterated the ban on the use of fireworks, knockouts, as well as their sales this yuletide.
The Eastern Updates reports that state police command’s public relations officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, in a statement on Thursday noted that it is ‘a part of proactive measures to sustain public safety and peace in the state’.
The state commissioner of police, CP Echeng Echeng, in the release, said ‘the use of knockouts and others, aside from constituting nuisance and disturbance of public peace, is also capable of causing unnecessary fear and apprehension and other dangers associated with their usage, especially during this harmattan period.’
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This is in addition to the possibility of providing an escape space for criminals after the commission of crimes, the CP added.
CP Echeng called on ‘parents/guardians to impress on their children and wards to desist from the sales and use of fireworks, firecrackers, knockouts, and others ‘as the ban is in the best interest of all’.
He warned persons trading in the banned items to seek alternative ventures, and assured that the ‘command would leave no stone unturned to ensure that there would not be any form of security breach, especially during this yuletide’.
In a related development, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has deployed about 1,931 officers in Anambra ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The NSCDC explained the deployment of the security operatives is in view of the expected increase in economic activities, movement of people as well as several church and social activities which may attract large crowds during the forthcoming festive season.
It assured the people of adequate security during the Yuletide, adding that all critical national assets and infrastructure would be protected during the celebration.