The Anambra State Police Command has cautioned police orderlies attached to the VIPs to avoid sporadic shooting in the name of celebrating Christmas in the state.
In a statement on Tuesday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed stated that the command would not hesitate to sanction any personnel who go afoul of the rules guiding the use of firearms in the state.
According to him, the state is ready to ensure the best of security for indigenes, residents of the state during and after the festivities.
He added that the Commissioner of Police had directed all Area Commanders, DPOs /unit heads to intensify raids on black spots and sustain ongoing stop-and-search operations in the state.
The statement read: “In order to enhance safe and secure environment for all “Ndi Anambra” and residents alike, especially during this festive period and to ensure peaceful Christmas/ new year celebrations in the state.
“The Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang, fdc has directed all Area Commanders, DPOs, PMF and other striking units in the State to intensify raids on black spots and criminal hideouts; sustain the ongoing stop and search/ tactical operation duties and night patrols in order to deny miscreants and criminal elements the opportunity to operate within the State throughout the festive season.
“Consequently, all officers in the command are also placed on red alert at their respective duty posts and directed to respond promptly to any situation or distress from members of the public.
“Police personnel including PMF /SPU attached to VIPs visiting the State during the yuletide period to adhere strictly to the rules guiding use of firearms as contained in the revised Force order 237 and also refrain from unauthorized sporadic shootings on-air, noting that any officer found violating such order would be dealt with in accordance with the laid down procedure.
“The use of Knock-outs, Firecrackers and other forms of fireworks in the State also constitute a serious security risk as it is capable of misleading the Police and other Security Agencies on apparent danger of gunshots as well as engender fear in the minds of the peace-loving citizens.
“In view of this, Parents and Guardians are strongly advised to warn their children and wards from purchasing and using knockouts as the law governing the sales, purchase and use of Fireworks is still in Force.”