By Uchenna Ezeadigwe
The Anambra State Police command has assured Anambra residents of adequate security coverage during the Christmas festive season. In its bid to ensure a hitch-free Christmas celebration, the state commissioner of police has directed all area commanders, divisional police officers and unit heads to intensify raids on black spots and sustain stop and search operations.
According to an official statement issued by the state police command through its Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, the CP had also ordered for night patrols in order to deny miscreants and criminal elements the opportunity to operate within the state throughout the festive season.
“The CP further directed the Department of Operations to embark on state-wide visiting rounds to observe levels of compliance to his directives as well as strategies emplaced by Area Commanders, DPOs, Operations Kpochakpu II, unit heads in their areas of responsibilities.
“Consequently, all officers in the command are also placed on red alert at their respective duty posts and directed to respond promptly to any situation or distress from members of the public.
Mohammed further disclosed that the state police boss equally warned police personnel including PMF/SPU attached to very important personalities (VIPs) visiting the state during the Yuletide period to adhere strictly to the rules guiding use of firearms as contained in the revised Force Order 237 and also refrain from unauthorized sporadic shootings on air.
He noted that any officer found violating such order would be dealt with in accordance with the laid down procedure.
Meanwhile, the state police command has warned citizens against use of fireworks during the festive period. According to the PPRO, “the use of knock-outs, fire crackers and other forms of fireworks in the state also constitute a serious security risk as it is capable of misleading the Police and other security agencies on apparent danger of gunshots as well as engender fear in the minds of the peace-loving citizens.
“The commissioner also pleaded with parents and guardians to warn their children and wards from purchasing and using knockouts as the law governing the sales, purchase and use of fireworks is still in force.
The police spokesman also urged citizens to provide it with useful information that would help police operatives in promoting safety and security in the state. He further reassured the public of adequate protection and urged them to report any suspicious person or movement to the nearest police station or call police emergency number 07039194332 for prompt response.