The Bauchi State Police Command told the people of the state on Tuesday that it is ready to ensure hitch-free Easter celebrations by Christians to commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection.
According to a press statement issued by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, and made available to media in Bauchi, the state capital, adequate and comprehensive security arrangements had been put in place to ensure a hitch-free celebration.
To achieve this, the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Mamman Sanda, has called on religious leaders, worshipers, and inhabitants of the state to work with the police and other security agencies, according to a police spokesman, a Superintendent of Police.
CP Sanda has also directed all Area Commanders, Heads of Departments, and Divisional Police Officers to ventilate the state with overt and covert security deployments in order to protect lives and property, as well as provide security coverage to all worship and recreational centers and conduct raids on identified trouble spots, according to him.
In addition, according to the PPRO, all police divisions have been ordered to implement necessary procedures in their neighborhood policing beats.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Umar Mamman Sanda fdc, psc, mnim, wishes the general public a Happy Easter celebration and calls on the People of the State to use this period for sober reflection, offer prayers for the Peace, Progress and Unity of the State and the Nation at large.
“While felicitating with members of the public as the Christendom commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Commissioner of Police is hereby calling on religious leaders, worshipers and residents of the State to cooperate with the police and other security agencies, as adequate and comprehensive security arrangements have been put in place to guarantee a hitch-free celebration.
“Furthermore, the Commissioner of Police has directed all Area Commanders, Heads of Departments and Divisional Police Officers to ventilate the state with overt and covert security deployments in order to safeguard lives and properties, provide security coverage to all worship and recreational centers and conduct raids on identified trouble spots, while all the police divisions of the Command have been charged to emplace adequate measures in their neighborhood policing beats,” SP Wakil stated.
Before, during, and after the celebrations, the PPRO pledged that high visibility policing would be maintained.
“Consequently, high visibility policing will be maintained before, during, and after the celebration; as police patrol vehicles have been strategically deployed in our highways and undercover operatives and foot patrol policemen have also been mobilized to cover every nook and cranny.
“The Commissioner of Police, therefore, enjoined the good people of the state to be peaceful during celebration,” the police added.
Members of the public should attend any of the police stations nearest them in case of any difficulty before, during, or after the celebration, he said, and may also lodge a complaint using the police Rescue Me Apps or call emergency numbers: 08151849417, 09053872273.