by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Police Command in its quest to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration, held a meeting on 28th July, 2020, with Security Chiefs, Religious Leaders and other critical stakeholders in Plateau State, in order to fine-tune its strategies to ensure a crime-free forthcoming Eid-El-Kabir celebration across the state.
“In view of the above, the Command wishes to remind members of the public that the Federal and State Governments’ safety directives on Covid-19 pandemic are still in force.
A statement to this effect, signed and issued to newsmen in Jos on Wednesday by PPRO, ASP Ubah Ogaba, indicated thus: “The Command, therefore, solicits the cooperation of the peace loving people/residents of Plateau State in the maintenance of law and order during the festivities on Thursday, 30th and Friday, 31st July, 2020.
“In order to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens during the Eid-Kabir celebration, the Command would deploy a total of Two Thousand and Ninety-Six (2,096) personnel to detect and prevent crime as well as control traffic.”
The statement stressed that, “There will be no prayers on all Eid grounds but Area/Ward Mosques where Eid Prayers will be observed should not have more than fifty (50) worshipers, in line with the State Government’s directives on Covid-19 protocol or not more than forty percent of the Mosque capacity.
“Also, social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and wearing of face-masks is compulsory for all; and there is a total ban on the use of tricycles (Keke) during these periods (Thursday 30th and Friday 31st July, 2020) within Jos metropolis and Bukuru areas of the State.
“All recreational centers such as the National Museum, Zoo, Wildlife Park, among others in the State, will be closed down for one week, effective from Friday, 31st July, 2020.
“The Federal Government’s 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 is still in force, and violators will face the wrath of the law.
“Parents and guardians are required to counsel their children/wards not to indulge in drugs/substance abuse as well as any other form of anti-social activities, while members of the public are enjoined to be security conscious, give useful and timely information to the Police and other security agencies, in order to curtail the pre-sallah illegal activities of Sara-Suka and other cult groups.
“Accordingly, residents of the state are 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 Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by calling the state emergency numbers, and the Commissioner of Police wishes all residents of the State a hitch-free Eid-El-Kabir celebration,” the statement noted.