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Kwara State Police Command has banned the use of fireworks and low explosives during the Christmas festivities.
It said that it had deployed 3,000 personnel during the festive period.
Spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi said: “Police Commissioner Kayode Egbetokun wishes to assure the good people of Kwara State that security measure has been put in place to guarantee a hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.
“In a bid to make the celebrations crime-free, the command has deployed 3,000 policemen and women to forestall any breakdown of law and order before, during and after the Yuletide.
“Consequently, the command is by this statement calling on the public to go about their lawful activities without any fear of molestation.
“The command wishes to warn against the use of low explosives without the necessary permit during the Yuletide. Any person found disobeying this order, if arrested, will be prosecuted.
“The command also wishes to use this medium to advise National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members across the state to always shun the temptation to embark on unnecessary and unauthorised journeys, especially during this period. Any corps member who must travel outside the state should always obtain clearance from the NYSC authority before embarking on such journey, but should be mindful of the risks associated with travelling outside the state, including the risk of kidnap.
“The command is collaborating with the NYSC authority in the state to ensure the safety of corps members. The commissioner of police wishes all citizens, residents and visitors in Kwara State a happy Christmas celebration and a prosperous New Year ahead.”