Wednesday, January 26

Yuletide: Police ban sale, use of fireworks ‘knockout’ in Abuja

The sale and use of fireworks and knockouts have been banned by the Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh who made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja said the ban will be enforced before and during the Yuletide.

She said the ban was part of a proactive move by the FCT to sustain existing peace and contain criminal activities associated with the period.

Adeh explained that fireworks constitute a nuisance, disturb public peace, and cause unnecessary fear, apprehension, and danger of possible fire outbreaks.

“This is in addition to the possibility of providing an escape space for criminals after the commission of a crime.

“To this end, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FCT, Mr Babaji Sunday, has ordered all Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Police Units to carry out due enforcement of the ban.

“The idea is to ensure that anyone who violates the order is arrested and brought to book,’’ she said.

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While calling on parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards to desist from the sales and use of fireworks, firecrackers, knockouts, and other combustible materials, Adeh warned persons trading in the banned items to seek alternative means of livelihood or be arrested and prosecuted.

She urged FCT residents to be more vigilant and security conscious, and promptly report any suspicious activity within their locality to security agencies.

She said residents should use the following numbers to reach out to the police: 080320039130806158193807057337653 and 08028940883.

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