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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has banned the sales and use of Knockout, fire- crackers and fireworks in Abuja metropolis.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that this development came up in order to stop disturbance and constituting of nuisance in the environment.
The Spokesperson of the Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, made this known in a statement on Monday .
Adeh said the Commissioner of Police , CP Sunday Babaji explained that ‘the order was part of proactive move by the Police to sustain the relative peace in the in FCT and to also reduce crimes and criminality, particularly ones peculiar to the end of the year and the Christmas and New Year festivities’.
The statement read that the police boss noted that the use of knockouts, others, aside constituting nuisance and disturbance of public peace, is also capable of causing unnecessary fear and apprehension and other dangers associated to its usage in the harmattan period.
This is in addition to the possibility of providing an escape space for criminals after the commission of a crime.
She stressed further that the commissioner has ordered all Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Police Units within the FCT to carry out due enforcement of the ban and ensure that anyone who violates the order is arrested and brought to book.
Her words “The CP equally called on parents and guardians to impress on their children and wards to desist from the sales and use of fireworks, firecrackers, knockouts, others as the ban is in the best interest of all.
“He warned persons trading in these banned items to seek alternative but legal ventures noting that in the FCT, it will not be business as usual.
“The CP, while enjoining the good people of FCT to be more vigilant and security conscious and promptly report any suspicious activity within their locality via the commands emergency numbers 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883, also reassured that the Police remain committed to the safety, security and peaceful co-existence of all residents in the Capital.”