By Jimmy Jackson
In its commitment to ensuring hitch free Christmas and New Year Celebrations, the Cross River State Police Command has assured residents that robust security measures have been put in place to safeguard lives and property during and after the celebrations.
This was contained in a press statement signed and issued to newsmen in Calabar by the State Police Public Relations officer, SP Irene Ugbo.
The statement said Police Commissioner, CP Sule Balarabe, FIPSS has ordered massive deployment of personnel's and tools in critical infrastructures recreational centers and directed aggressive vehicular/foot patrols before, during and after the festive season.
“Consequently, the CP has warned all potential dealers and users of fireworks (bangers) to desist from illegitimate business venture. He also cautions parent/guardians to prevail on their children or wards from patronizing dealers of all kinds of fireworks with regards to the current security situation nationwide.”
“Furthermore, the command is resolute and will not renege in dealing decisively with hoodlums, political thugs all forms of illegal or unapproved processions with a view to breach the peace we enjoy across the state by invoking the extant laws of the state and federal laws accordingly.”
“While extending his warm greetings to all Christmas faithful's on the occasion of Christmas, Calabar Carnival activities and New Year celebrations. To this end, the CP enjoined residents, Community/Youth Leaders, Traditional institutions and the Clergies to cooperate with Police Operatives and other security agencies through actionable intelligence, prompt reportage of any suspicious movements with the following helpline: 08133568456 in case of any emergency, Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.”