Plateau police assures watertight security at Christmas

The Plateau State Police Command has reassured the public of watertight security strategy to prevent crime before, during and after the Yuletide, in collaboration with other security agencies.

It said that the Command has repositioned its patrol vehicles at strategic spots with a view to responding promptly to distress calls from the public round the clock.

“Members of the public are advised to contact the Police on 07059473022, 08038907662 to lodge complaints or share information,” the Command spokesman, Tyopev Mathias Terna, said in a statement.

He added: “We wish to re-echo the earlier ban on the use of fireworks, bangers, knockouts, etc, with a view to avoiding all forms of distraction in the execution of the security strategy in place.

“The support of the public is highly solicited to ensure hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“In this view, parents/guardians are encouraged to advise their children and wards to desist from the use of any form of fireworks, before, during and after the Yuletide. Any person found flouting the ban would be arrested and prosecuted.

“Members of the public are enjoined to board vehicles only in certified motor parks designated across the state. Persons boarding vehicles at makeshift loading joints on the highways are at risk of falling prey to criminal antics likely to mar their celebrations and endanger their lives.

“Also, members of the public are advised to exercise security caution when boarding tricycles. They should note the plate number of the tricycle and avoid riding on tricycles conveying passengers with questionable looks (appearance). Listening to your instincts could save you from harm.

“The command further observed with dismay, the rate at which criminal-minded persons are removing cash and other valuables from the vehicles of unsuspecting members of the public on fuel queues.

“We, therefore, advise members of the public to be careful with strangers who engage them in any form of conversation while they wait to be served in filling stations across the state. The intent may be to divert the attention of vehicle owners and facilitate access therein for their gang members,” the statement added.

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