March 5, 2021

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Police Bans Use Of Fireworks, Knockouts, Crackers In PH

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Edith CHUKU
In line with her resolve to ensure safety of residents during the yuletide period, the Rivers State Police command has reiterated its stand not to take it lightly with anyone found with any explosive of any kind capable of posing panic and tension in the state. This includes, fireworks, crackers, and knockouts.
State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan recently said this during a press briefing in PH. He warned all residents to cooperate with the police this period to ensure that peace and order is sustained during the festive period and beyond. He assured residents their safety is paramount to the police.

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His words: “I want to re-echo our earlier stand on the use of fireworks, crackers and knockouts, which by their very nature are explosives, capable of causing harm, panic and tension in the State. Accordingly, parents and Guardians are advised to warn their children/wards to desist from blasting these substances, as defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted. The public is equally advised to avoid patronizing unapproved motor parks to avoid falling prey to kidnappers and armed robbers.

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“As part of the security arrangements put in place, we have deployed our personnel to strategic locations in the State, in line with visibility policing strategy. All critical Government infrastructure, vulnerable and Key points will be given special attention, including worship and run centres. Our strategy has also captured the coastal communities to ensure that, those
travelling to the riverine communities are save. The Marine Police, the Mobile Police and the Tactical Units have been put on red alert to ensure a seamless Celebration, including the undercover operations.”

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