The Abia State Police Command has said that it has strategically deployed personnel throughout the state for the safety and well-being of its residents before, during the festive periode.
The operational strategy, according to the command, encompasses a visible police presence at various places of worship and event centres.
In a press release signed by ASP Maureen Chinaka, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Commissioner of Police, the Abia State Police Command said “there will be raids on recognized high-risk areas, unfinished structures, stop-and-search operations, vehicular/foot patrols, and collaborative efforts among sister security agencies in the state.”
The statement further restated that the Commissioner of Police, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie has restated the ban on the sale or use of fireworks known as knockouts in the state, citing potential threats to public peace and security.
It emphasized that the use of fire crackers had the capacity to cause distractions and create opportunities for criminal activities and fire incidents, particularly during the harmattan season.