On Sunday, the Imo State Police Commissioner Rabiu Huissani warned the general public on the use of fireworks, knockouts, others in the State as he expressed his utmost dismay over its indiscriminate use.
Command’s spokesman CSP Michael Abattam in a statement said:
“The command will enforce all the extant laws prohibiting the use of ‘ Knockouts ‘, ‘Banger ‘ etc especially this yuletide season,”
and Explosives to cause distraction, panic and consequently pandemonium and in the process rob / kidnap unsuspecting victims.”
Also, he added that such fireworks and explosives could be life threatening as it might cause heart attacks in aged persons and fire outbreaks .
“To forestall crime and criminality in the state parents / guardians are advised to educate and guide their children and wards against the use of fireworks and other explosives. Wholesalers / Retailers of such items are equally warned to stop distribution/ sales of fireworks in the state as anyone found complicit will be arrested, the fireworks or explosives confiscated and such person(s) prosecuted forthwith.”
The Commissioner of Police directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to ensure strict enforcement of the ban in their areas and assured Imolites of the command’s commitment in ensuring a crime free Christmas and new year celebrations in the state.