Edo State Police Command has assured residents of the state, particularly Christians, of adequate security during and after Easter celebration.
To this end, the Commissioner of Police in Edo State, CP Mohammed Dankwara, has directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Heads of Tactical/Operational Units of the Command to deploy all operational and intelligence assets at their disposal to effectively police their areas of responsibilities to forestall any form of breach of security during the festivity.
The police command warned its personnel against professional misconduct while discharging their constitutional duties.
The command’s spokesman, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, disclosed this in a statement issued in Benin City Friday night.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, congratulates the good people of the state, particularly the Christian community, as they join others in the country and beyond to mark this Year’s Easter celebration of the death, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ,” the statement said.
“The CP assures them of the provision of adequate security and safety of citizens during and beyond the period of the celebration of which he had directed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Heads of Tactical/Operational Units of the Command to deploy all operational and intelligence assets at their disposal to effectively police their areas of responsibilities for the smooth celebrations during and after Easter season.
“He warns them to ensure that personnel under them stick to the extant rules of engagement of the Nigeria Police Force in guarding against acts of professional misconduct,” it said.
The CP urged residents to celebrate peacefully and responsibly as well as cooperate with security operatives on duty.
“Meanwhile, he reiterates a ban on the use of fireworks, warns that the sellers, buyers, and users of fireworks would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” the statement noted.
SP Nwabuzor enjoined residents to be resolute in reporting acts of crimes and criminality to the nearest police station or by calling on the Command’s situation room hotlines, 08077773721, 08067551618, and 08056776365.