By Taiwo Okanlawon
The Bauchi State Police Command has deployed 3,147 personnel in all praying grounds to protect lives and properties during and after this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.
The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Sylvester Alabi, in a press release signed by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, on Tuesday assured the people of the state that the command will ensure the protection of lives and properties.
According to the police spokesman, the officers and men deployed comprised conventional police and other tactical teams of the command, adding that necessary logistics had been provided for them.
“Personnel deployed for this critical assignment are under the strict instruction of the Commissioner of Police to be civil but firm in the discharge of their duties,” Wakil stated.
The PPRO further stated that strategic officers would strengthen visibility policing structure and carry out confidence-building patrols, particularly around residential areas, major highways, government/private infrastructures to prevent and arrest any ugly situation.
The command also said it will collaborate with other security agencies and all critical stakeholders to ensure a peaceful and hitch-free Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
Wakil stated that the command was prepared to deal with hoodlums, political thugs, and other disgruntled elements who “may attempt to cause break down of law and order before during and after the festive period”.
He then informed that CP Alabi sent his warm greetings to Muslim faithful and other citizens of the state on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri and enjoined them to co-operate with police and other security agencies in their efforts aimed at ensuring peaceful celebrations.
The PPRO, however, urged the people of the state to report any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest police station or call the command’s emergency phone number 08151849417