Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Yuletide: Security beefed up to protect lives and property nationwide

As Nigerians begin Christmas and New Year celebrations, security agencies have mapped out measures to protect lives and property nationwide.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Police, the Nigerian Navy, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have deployed their personnel to provide security to citizens at worship centres, motor parks, recreation centres, the Creeks, waterways and Shopping Malls, among others, during the period.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, had directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure adequate security for travelers, picnickers, among others, across the country, before, during and after the celebrations.
According to a statement issued by the Force Spokesman, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the I-G also directed Command Commissioners of Police to ``personally’’ ensure that worship centres, recreation centres, motor parks and shopping malls, among others, were adequately and effectively protected.
It said Arase warned all citizens to be vigilant while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends during the season, to avoid explosive-laden hampers as gifts.
The Nigerian Navy, too, said in Port Harcourt that it had ordered deployment of troops to strategic locations in the creeks and waterways to enable people travel freely.
Rear Adm. Atiku Abdulkadir, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, told NAN that the deployment was to ensure safety of travelers before, during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
``We have ordered our Commanders of the naval bases and Commanding Officers of Forward Operating Bases to deploy patrol boats in the creeks and waterways.
``We have also deployed ships at mouth of the channel to ensure more presence on sea at waterways.
``The navy is also partnering with communities to get information on potential suspects or those who are intending to perpetrate criminality in their area.
``All these activities are to ensure that our people enjoy their Christmas and New Year celebrations without fear of being molested by hoodlums," he said.
Abdulkadir also said that the Navy was currently collaborating with the Operation Pulo Shield and the police to ensure a hitch-free festive season.
The flag officer called on people to corporate with naval personnel while traveling on creeks and waterways.
In Cross River also, the Commander of 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, Brig.-Gen. Sani Mohammed, said he had deployed his men to strategic areas in the state to provide security.
According to Mohammed, the joint task force in the state has witnessed a tremendous achievement with the presence of Army personnel.
``We are in Christmas period and it is our responsibility to provide security for the people of Cross River and tourists.
``Giving the hospitable nature of Calabar people, the number of tourists keeps increasing because of the carnival, so we are working in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure a peaceful celebration.
``We will continue to carry out security functions at all time and to ensure that the state is peaceful,’’ he said.
Similarly, the Police Commissioner in Cross River, Mr Henry Fadairo, said that the state Police Command had launched an offensive against cultism and other criminal activities in the state.
Fadairo said that the campaign was launched with a view to ensure a hitch- free Christmas celebration in the state.
According to him, the operation will last up to and even after the New Year celebrations.
``We have enough security men that would ensure a hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations in the state.
``Cross River is a peaceful state and I can tell you that there is low rate of criminal activities here.
``We will continue to discharge our professional duties to ensure that anyone who engages in any criminal activities is caught and dealt with,’’ he said.
Fadairo also said that the command had deployed police personnel to festive areas in the state such as the Calabar Carnival, Christmas Village, Calabar Municipality ground, the museum and others.
In the same vein, the Cross River Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said it had deployed its intelligence and uniform personnel to strategic locations in the state to provide adequate security during the yuletide.
Mr Solomon Eremi, NSCDC Public Relations Officer in the state, told NAN that officers and men of the Corps were up and doing to ensure that the Christmas and New Year celebrations were hitch-free.
``The Command has deployed intelligence and uniform officers to different locations of the state to ensure peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations in the state.
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