From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
Ahead of Sallah celebration in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, security
agencies have deployed 12,000 men to ensure maximum cover for residents of the state during the period.
Noticeable is the security beef-up provided mostly by men of the Nigerian
Police Force (NPF) around the state capital as well as the Eid praying
ground at Irewolede, Ilorin.
In a chat with journalists in Ilorin, the Police Public Relation Officer(PPRO) Kwara State Police Command, ASP Ajayi Okasanmi said “the command had sent out what we call an operational order that will cover the period of the Sallah celebration. We, the police, are fully ready to prevent sabotage by militants, which of course we don’t have in Kwara
and also to protect Kwarans.
“We are going to make use of all we have in our arsenal, all departments in the command will be working,from information department to Anti Robbery and bomb squad. In short all hand will be on deck.”
He added that all measure at countering terrorism have been put into place to enable a peaceful celebration.
“I am using this medium to tell the people of Kwara to be law-abiding, vehicle drivers should avoid driving recklessly and everybody should continue with their daily activities normally as we are here to ensure security.”
Similarly, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) in the state has deployed 5,000 officers to ensure accident-free Sallah celebration.
The FRSC Head of Operations, Joshua Adekanye, said the corps is fully prepared for the celebration.
His words: “I want to tell you that we are fully prepared and we have started our special operations since Tuesday and it will end next Tuesday. We have equally deployed our Mobile Courts for the traffic offenders and we have commenced our enlightenment at churches, mosques and parks as well. We have increased our patrol vehicles.”
Similarly, spokesman, NSCDC, Oluyemi Andrew, said “about 2,000 men have been deployed to maintain peace, security and order in the state. People should not take law into their hand; we encourage the public to be law abiding citizens.”