By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—AS the yuletide approaches, Edo State Police Command has banned the use of fireworks throughout the state.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Moses Eguavoen, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin, said both users and sellers of fireworks, popularly called knock-out bangers, risked being arrested for flouting the order.
Eguavoen said: “This is to inform the general public that the ban on the sale and use of fireworks popularly called knock-out is still in force.
“Edo Police Command is, therefore, using this medium to advise the general public, parents, guardians, children, traders, and workers, etc, not to indulge in the use of fireworks before, during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations as hoodlums may want to hide under this unwholesome practice to perpetrate their nefarious acts.
“There will be continuous manhunt for both buyers and sellers of any form of fireworks in the state by operatives of the command and all defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted.
“The command remains committed to its efforts at reducing crime and criminality to its barest minimum, particularly as we approach the end of the year.”
The ban has been applauded by some residents of Benin City, Edo State capital, who claimed that fireworks had been used in the past by criminals to create fear and confusion before robbing law abiding citizens.