by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Police Command, in its quest to have a hitch-free Sallah celebration, has fine-tuned strategies to ensure a crime-free Eid-El-Fitr celebration across the State.
In view of this, 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 was signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba, in which it indicated that, “The Command, therefore, solicits the cooperation of the peace loving people/residents of the State in the maintenance of law and order during the festivities on Wednesday 12th, and Thursday 13th, 2021, as announced.
“In order to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens during the celebration, the Command shall deploy a total of two thousand one hundred and sixty-one (2,161) personnel to detect and prevent crime as well as control traffic.”
According to him, there will be prayers on all Eid grounds, Area/Ward Mosques, exception of the Rukuba Road Praying Ground, and urged Muslim faithful to adhere to Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and wearing of face-masks.
The stated stressed that, “The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 will be moving round to ensure compliance; and there is a total ban on the use of tricycles (Keke-NAPEP) during these periods (Wednesday 12th May, 2021) within Jos metropolis and Bukuru areas of the State.”
It also urged all recreational centers such as the National Museum, Zoo, Wildlife Park, etc., in the State to close down for Wednesday, 12th and Thursday, 13th May, 2021.
In the same vein, it added, “The ban on the sale and use of fireworks such as knockouts, bangers and other explosives is still in force, and violators will face the wrath of the law.”
The statement called on parents and guardians to counsel their children/wards not to indulge in drugs/substance abuse as well as any other form of anti social activities.
The Command also enjoined members of the public 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.