By Enekorogha Godbless
Kwara state police command has prevented political activities at any prayer arenas at this year’s eid-el-Fitri day.
The command posited that political campaigns, hailing of political gladiators, and shouting of party slogans, would not be accepted in the prayer arenas in the state.”
Also tricycles, vehicles and motorbikes are to be kept at designated parking lots within the Eid prayer grounds. Ajayi Okasanmi who is the spokesperson of the police command in the state maintained that .” observing prayers at roadsides and along the routes to the praying ground would not also be allowed, hence restrictions of vehicular movements by 8:am into the Eid praying ground would be strictly enforced.”
To ensure security, Okasanmi said that “the eight Area commands, officers and men attached to all the divisional police headquarters, heads of tactical units, command’s special forces, including Force Animal Department, Mounted troop, Dog section and Explosive Ordinance Department(EOD) , have all been briefed and reminded of their professional responsibilities of ensuring a smooth and hitch -free Eid-fitri celebrations.
“The forces deployed for the exercise would work in conjunction with the security committee set up specially for the purpose by the State government.
“Muslim faithfuls coming to the Eid praying ground are advised to obey all traffic control mechanisms emplaced for easy access into and out of the praying ground.
“The Command is ready to do all within its powers to make the Eid praying ground the solemn place that it has always been known to be.”
The State command of the Nigeria Security and civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC) had promised to deploy more than 800 uniformed and plain cloth personnel across all the sixteen (16) local government areas of the state.
“We are going to work together with other sister agencies towards ensuring adequate protection of lives and property of the law-abiding citizen across the state.” he added.