By Ibrahim G. Ahmad and Rabiu Sani
Considering the coincidence of the Sallah celebration and Sunday Church service by Christians on Sunday, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Zamfara State Command, has deployed 1,627 personnel to ensure peaceful conduct of Eid-el Kabir celebration.
The State Commander, Alhaji Aliyu Garba, made the disclosure during a news briefing in Gusau on Friday.
Garba said the command had deployed personnel to all the Eid-el Kabir prayer grounds and other strategic points that required security presence during the festivity.
The command had also stationed some security men at the churches.
He said the personnel would continue to be relocated from one point to another to ensure maintenance of peace throughout the celebration in the state.
Garba also said that the command was collaborating with the men of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to checkmate road traffic violations, as most offences during the festive periods were associated with traffic laws.
He then appealed to all citizens of the state to be law-abiding during and after the holy festival.
Meanwhile the Borno Command of the Nigerian Police Force, has announced restriction of vehicular movement on Sallah day in Maiduguri metropolis, to ensure a hitch-free and peaceful celebration.
Mr Usman Usmobik, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri on Friday.
Usmobik said that the measure was part of comprehensive security arrangements put in place to maintain law and order as well as protect lives and property during the festive season.
“There will be restriction of vehicular movement between 7:00 am and 12:15 pm on Aug. 11. The restriction; though regretted, will include use of motor vehicles, tricycles, bicycles and animals except those on essential duties.
“In furtherance of the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, the command wishes to reiterate its commitments to ensuring a crime-free Sallah celebration.
“The command made adequate security deployments of officers and men across the state, to ensure effective security coverage throughout the celebrations,” he said.
He said that the command would deploy its men to prayer grounds, malls and recreational centers where large number of people are expected to gather.
He added that the command had intensified high visibility patrols, stop and search, intelligence and information gathering, while Safer Highway Patrol teams were also deployed to major highways, to ensure security of travellers and commuters.
Usmobik called on Muslim faithful to pray at prayer grounds close to their homes and arrive the venues early for security screening. (NAN)