With memories of last year’s Christmas Day bombing still fresh in their heads, Christian and non-Christian residents of Niger State have been assured of peaceful celebration of the New Year, by security agencies, stressing that strategies have been put in place to forestall breakdown of law and order across the state, they assured Christian faithful of reinforced security at all worship centres, to ensure free New Year services.
While briefing newsmen at the Government House, Minna, the state capital, on Wednesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Desire D. Nsirim, said over 50 patrol vehicles, a large number of police sniffer dogs, as well as plain clothed and uniformed policemen and men of the bomb disposal squad had been deployed to give adequate security before and during the New Year celebration.
Nsirim also added that other security measures had been put in place, including close monitoring of flash points in the state. She said the security agencies would build on the successes recorded during the Christmas celebration, warning misguided elements which may be planning to cause any breakdown of law and order to steer clear of the state.
She stressed that the partial restriction of movements in Suleja on Christmas Day was at the instance of the paramount ruler and local government chairman in the area, adding that the policy, aside from ensuring safety of life and property during the festive period, also allowed Christians to worship without any fear of attack.