Friday, December 21, 2012

Security beefed up in Lagos State ahead of Christmas Festival

soldiers working with guns parading lagos streets

Nigerian police in Lagos State on Friday said they have made adequate security arrangements ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Rebel attacks in recent years have overshadowed the festive season in the West African country, where a big bomb killed more than 40 Christians on Charismas Day last year at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Niger State.

State police spokesperson Ngozi Braide told reporters in Ikeja, the state capital, that special security strategies have been evolved to protect public places, including worship centers, markets, departmental stores, parks, gardens and event venues during the period.

Tight security is in place, she added, noting that undercover operatives have been deployed to strategic places all over the state.

She expressed happiness that the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycles, on highways by the state government had drastically reduced the crime rate by about 90 percent.

She called on members of the public to always be on the alert and report the movements of suspicious persons or groups to the nearest police station.


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