The Taraba State Police Command says it has deployed about 5,000 personnel to various locations to ensure a peaceful Christmas celebration across the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, SP Usman Jada disclosed this in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Jalingo.
Mr Jada said the State Commissioner of Police, Abimbola Sokoya has mandated his Deputy on operations to act and ensure that people celebrate Christmas and the New year without any hitches.
According to him, a secular has been sent to all Area Divisions across the state to ensure adequate security at places of worship to ensure a successful celebration.
He also restated the decision of the command to ban the use of fire-crackers, popularly known as knockout, and other explosive devices, adding that anybody caught violating the directive will be punished.
He advised the Christian faithful to “take advantage of this momentous season” to strengthen their relationship with their Lord, and pray for the peaceful coexistence of the state as well as the nation at large.
The Command spokesman called on the youths to avoid any act that could lead to violence.
He advised the people of the state to also avoid disclosing their destinations on social media while traveling, and also to be “security conscious”, noting that “this is a period when some strangers will be coming in.”
Reporting by Sani Suleman; Editing by Fany Olumoye and Tony Okerafor