Delta State Police Command has banned the sale and use of fireworks, firecrackers, and other pyrotechnics in the state during Yuletide.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass, warned that the measure was taken because it posed a threat to state security and should be avoided.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the command’s spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe, copies of which were made available to journalists in Warri.
“CP Wale Abass admonishes that the usage of fireworks (knockouts) is capable of causing nuisances, which further generates undue anxiety, fear, and an unnecessary disruption of public peace,” the statement partly read.
It continued, “Additionally, he (CP) warned against the hazardous consequences of its use, noting that it could give room to diversions that might give criminals the chance to continue their crimes and endanger residents.
“The CP warned in strong terms that any dealer or resident who fails to abide by the ban, when caught, would be made to face the wrath of the law.
“On this note, parents and guardians are urged to monitor their wards and curtail their use of knockouts during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
“CP Wale Abass urges the good people of Delta to be vigilant and security conscious as he reaffirms the Command’s commitment and willingness to protect the lives and properties of residents during the Yuletide season and beyond.
“The Commissioner of Police, on behalf of officers and men of the Command, wishes the good people of Delta State a crime-free Christmas and New Year celebration in advance”.