Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zaki Ahmed has spoken of the plans of the state police command to secure lives and property during the Christmas festivities, moreso as the state prepares for another elections.
He said festive periods were usually characterized by an upsurge in criminal activities and to this end, adequate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure hitch free celebrations.
"This we have done by deploying men to all the entry and exit points, in and out of the state. We have also increased patrols on the East/West Roads and the Elele Omerelu/ Owerri roads where pockets of criminal activities usually occur.
The police commissioner stressed that they have deployed men to cover all the flash points to protect all critical government infrastructure.
"I have ordered intensive patrols of the metropolis by dividing it into seven sectors, each to be led by a senior officer and myself leading one of the sectors. This will be complemented by surveillance patrols of men in plain clothes for the purposes of intelligence gathering.
"There will also be visibility policing, where our men will be deployed to strategic locations across the command to give a sense of security to all and sundry, as they celebrate the Christmas and new year seasons."
He added that the use of fireworks, crackers, knock outs before, during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations remained banned.
"The command is not unmindful of the fact that these devices are explosives which by their very nature are harmful and capable of disturbing the existing public peace and causing unnecessary panic in the state."
"Retailers of these devices are equally advised and warned to stop the sale as any person or group of persons found flouting this order will be arrested and prosecuted.”
Zaki appealed to parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to desist from the use of the prohibited devices.
He assured the good people of the state that the command has been repositioned to ensure that the elections of 2019 will be devoid of violence, as they have promised to be neutral, apolitical, and professional in the discharge of the Constitutional mandate.
He said they shall provide a level playing field for the political parties and he appealed to the politicians to play the game by the rules.
"As we shall spare no efforts in dealing with anybody or group of persons found breaching the peace of the land, o matter how highly placed."