As part of its efforts to ensure the safety of lives and properties of citizens and residents in the state, The Oyo State Police Command has reaffirmed its commitment towards the safety of lives and properties most especially as Christmas and New Year celebrations approaches.
The Police Command under the able watch of the State Commissioner of Police, CP. Ngozi Onadeko, fdc has warned against selling and usage of fireworks across the state before, during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Onadeko made this known on Tuesday through a press statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Adewale Osifeso.
A copy of the statement made available to INDEPENDENT stated that the Commissioner of Police Oyo State, CP Ngozi Onadeko, fdc, has warned that the ban on the use of fireworks remains valid and that the Command will enforce all extant laws prohibiting its sales and usage during this Yuletide season.
The statement further stressed that Consequently, parents, guardians and leaders wielding various degrees of influence in religious, educational and traditional capacities are to passionately warn their wards and proteges against violating this law as adequate sanctions would be meted out.
The statement warned both the dealers and users to desist from using and selling the fireworks, it stated as thus; “So also, Dealers, traders and suppliers of such wares are advised against stockpiling these prohibited items and selling to ignorant minors as violators would be severely dealt with and prosecuted.
In addition to the above, the CP has directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police officers and Tactical Commanders to clamp down on all unauthorized street carnivals which in most cases are avenues for instigating gang-related violence.
While re-affirming our commitment to the assurances of sustained levels of relative tranquility throughout the yuletide and beyond, the Oyo State Police Command wishes you all a crime-free holiday, Season’s greetings!
In cases of emergency, the Command can always be reached through these emergency control room number: 615 (Toll-free) (OYO STATE SECURITY TRUST FUND). Oyo State Police Command emergency lines 07055495413 and 08081768614.