As part of a proactive measure by the Anambra State Police Command to sustain public safety and peace in the state, the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng has banned the sale and use of fireworks, knockouts, and firecrackers in the state.
According to a statement signed by the state PPRO, Mr Tochukwu Ikenga, this plan shall enhance already policing strategy put in place that is potent and dynamic to respond to any emergency and security concerns peculiar to Christmas and end-of-the-year festivities.
The Commissioner noted that the use of knockouts, and others, aside from constituting nuisance and disturbance of public peace, is also capable of causing unnecessary fear and apprehension and other dangers associated with its usage, especially during this harmattan period.
He described it as also an addition to the possibility of providing an escape space for criminals after the commission of a crime.
Mr Echeng called on parents/guardians to impress on their children and wards to desist from the sales and use of fireworks, firecrackers, knockouts, and others as the ban is in the best interest of all warning persons trading in these banned items to seek alternative ventures.
He assured that the Command would leave no stone unturned to ensure, that there would not be any form of Security breach, especially during this yuletide season, and also urge Ndi Anambra to be vigilant and security conscious.
He advised them to report all suspicious movements or in case of any emergency to call 112 or 07039194332.