Christmas: Gombe police ban use of “knockouts” for celebrations

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Christmas: Gombe police ban use of “knockouts” for celebrations

The Commissioner of Police in charge of Gombe State command CP Ishola Babatunde Babaita has reaffirmed the ban on the sale, purchase and use of fireworks commonly called “Knockouts” during the upcoming Christmas and new year celebrations in the state.

He announced this in a press release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer of the command SP Mary Malum Obed issued to newsmen on Tuesday.

According to him, the enforcement of the ban on the use of fireworks and other explosives is to prevent hoodlums from using them as a cover to create panic, perfect their criminal intentions and disrupt the peaceful celebration of the festive seasons.

The police boss also ordered Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of tactical and operational units to deploy all the intelligence and operational assets at their disposal to criminals flashpoints, highways, streets and other public places for patrol with a view to ensuring a hitch-free celebration.

He urged them to ensure those police operatives under their watch discharge their duties in accordance with the extant laws and rule of engagement of the Nigeria Police Force especially by shunning corruption, extortion and respecting the fundamental human rights of citizens.

In addition, the CP urged motorists to abide by traffic regulations and avoid overspeeding and reckless driving during the festive period so as not to endanger the lives of the people.

This is even as he enjoined the residents of the state to remain supportive by being vigilant, law-abiding and promptly reporting criminals and their activities to the nearest police station or any security agency.

Christmas: Gombe police ban use of “knockouts” for celebrations

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