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No Police Permit, No Christmas Carnival – Police Warn Youths

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BEVERLY HILLS, November 16, (THEWILL) – The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone II, Abdulmajid Ali has warned youths in Lagos and Ogun states to ensure they get police approvals before holding Christmas carnivals and rallies.

Ali made this known on Wednesday, at the zonal headquarters, Onikan, noting that there would be aggressive patrols across the states as the yuletide draws near insisting that organising carnival workout due approvals would not be tolerated.

Speaking through the Zonal Spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), Ali disclosed that the command would massively deploy policemen before, during and after the festive period so as to forestall criminal activities.

“The command has sent out special teams to see how we can tackle major challenges in the zone including kidnapping, armed robbery, land graining and cultism,” he said.

“We know that the festive period is around the corner and we would not take it lightly with anyone who wants to jeopardise the security arrangement we have on ground.

“We are sending a note of warning that zone two would not be conducive for criminals. We are using this opportunity to tell youths to ensure they get necessary approvals before having carnivals.

“We do not want a situation where they will block the roads and extort Nigerians. That's tantamount to robbery.

“Some of them even drink and have bottles and other dangerous weapons with them. We would arrest any of them caught for armed robbery. They must respect and act within the ambit of the law. We urged them especially fun seekers to respect the law.

“You are going to see presence of policemen all over the place. There would be appreciable presence of police across the states. Frequent patrols, stop and search and other security checks.

“We want Nigerians to respect our men doing their jobs. If they go beyond their bounds, we have already rolled out the numbers to call. But residents should assist them in their quest to save lives and properties.”

Story by Oputah David