By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
The Borno State Police Command has said that it will deploy 5,000 policemen in the state during the Eid-El-Fitr celebration to forestall any security breaches.
Briefing journalists in Maiduguri Wednesday, the state Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said that the recent suicide attacks on Maiduguri has made the decision inevitable.
He said the police and other security operatives including the military had no choice but to beef up security, noting that vehicular movement would be restricted a few hours before and after the Eid prayer to ensure security during the festival.
He said: “This year’s Sallah celebration is expected to come up on 15th June, 2018. Security arrangements, including the deployment of over 5,000 policemen has been put in place to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration.”
He asked the Muslim faithful to cooperate with the security forces deployed in the various praying grounds for their protection.
He also called on them to arrive early at their respective praying grounds for security screening to avoid the stampede that eleventh hour rush is associated with.
According to him, “Because of the security threats and recent incidents of suicide bombings, there will be restriction of vehicular movement.”
He disclosed that the restriction will affect all motor vehicles, tricycles, bicycles, horses, donkeys, wheelbarrows and camels, among others.
He said to further ensure a hitch-free celebration, there will be ‘Show of Force’ by joint teams of all security forces during the festival.