Plateau police to ensure hitch-free Eid-el-Kabir celebration
From Christiana Tokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Police Command, in its quest to have a hitch-free Sallah celebration, has held a meeting with security chiefs, religious leaders and other critical stakeholders in the state.
The hosting of the meeting was intended by the command to fine-tune its strategies to ensure a crime-free Eid-el-Kabir celebration across the state.
In view of the above, it wishes to remind members of the public that the federal and state government safety directives on Covid-19 pandemic are still in force.
The command therefore solicited the cooperation of the people in the state in the maintenance of law and order during the festivities.
A statement from the command’s spokesperson, ASP Ubah Gaerial Ogaba issued to newsmen in Jos, the state capital on Wednesday, revealed this information.
It stated that in order to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens during the Sallah celebration, the command would deploy a total of 2,096 personnel to detect and prevent crime as well as control traffic.
According to the statement, there will be no prayers on all Eid grounds but area/ward Mosques, stating that where Eid prayer will be observed, it should not have more than 50 worshippers in line with the state government directives on Covid-19 protocol or not more than 40 per cent of the Mosque capacity.
He also said social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and wearing of face mask are compulsory for all, in addition to a total ban on the use of tricycles (keke) during the review periods within Jos metropolis and Bukuru areas of the state.
It ordered that all recreational centers such as the National Museum, Zoo and Wildlife Park, among others in the state would be closed down for one week effective from today.
“The Federal Government curfew order from 10:00pm to 4:00am daily is still in place, while the ban on the sale and use of fireworks such as knockout, bangers and other explosives are still in force and violators will face the wrath of the law,” said the command.
It required parents and guardians to counsel their children/wards not to indulge in drug/substance abuse as well as any other form of anti social activities.
It enjoined members of the public to be security conscious and give useful and timely information to the police and other security agencies in order to curtail illegal activities of Sara-Suka and other cult groups during and after the period under review.
Accordingly, residents of the state were called upon to promptly call the command’s emergency hotlines for vital information and complaints.
They are also enjoined to report any suspected case(s) of Covid-19 infection to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by calling the state emergency numbers.
The Commissioner of Police wished all residents of the state a hitch-free Eid-el-Kabir celebration.