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Hampers may be laden with explosives, IGP warns


The Nigeria Police Force, Monday, raised the alarm about the possibility of explosive laden hampers being in circulation during the Christmas and New Year festive period.

The Force also called on Nigerians to be security conscious and vigilant during the Yuletide season, warning that Nigerians must be extra alert while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends.

Giving the warning, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, also cautioned against the use of fireworks such as knockout, “bangers” and other explosives in the celebrations as they could cause distraction that may further heighten fear of insecurity.

“He (IGP) also enjoined citizens to shun all forms of violence and unlawful acts, eschew bitterness, hatred and rancour and go about their legitimate duties without fear of intimidation from any quarter during and after the season.

“Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Yuletide, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police, to take necessary measures in ensuring the provision of adequate security for worshippers, travelers, picnickers and all citizens across the country before, during, and after the celebration” She said.

“Command Commissioners of Police are to personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centre’s, motor parks, shopping malls, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resorts are adequately and effectively protected.”

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