Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone II, Abdulmajid Ali has urged youths across Lagos and Ogun States to obtain police permit before holding carnivals and rallies.
Ali’s advice was made through the zonal spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi.
Adejobi said organisers of carnivals across the two states must apply for police permit and obtain it before rolling out the drums in celebration of Christmas.
He said: “The command has sent out special teams to see how we can tackle major challneges in the zone including kidnapping, armed robbery, land graining and cultism. We know that the festive period is around the corner and we would not take it lightly with anyone who wants to jeopardise the security arrangement we have on ground.
“We are sending a note of warning that zone two would not be conducive for criminals. We are using this opportunity to tell youths to ensure they get necessary approvals before having carnivals. We do not want a situation were they will block the roads and extort Nigerians. That’s tantamount to robbery.
“Some of them even drink and have bottles and other dangerous weapons with them. We would any of them caught for armed robbery. They must respect and act within the ambit of the law. We urged them especially fun seekers to respect the law.
“You are going to see presence of policemen all over the place. There would be appreciable presence of police across the states. Frequent patrols, stop and search and other security checks. We want Nigerians to respect our men doing their jobs. If they go beyond their bounds, we have already rolled out the numbers to call. But residents should assist them in their quest to save lives and properties.”