By Godwin Edeh
Benue State Command, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has deployed 1150 personnel across Benue State to maintain peace, order and to provide strong security coverage before, during and after the Eid-El-Kabir celebrations.
The State Commandant, NSCDC, Philip Anuku Okoh stated that the Command is aware of the security challenges in the state but promised that the corps is leaving nothing to chance, to ensure the security of lives and property and guarantee peace across the state.
According to a press release signed by the Command Public Relations Officer, DSC Michael Ejelikwu, the State Commandant called on residents of the state to go about their legitimate activities without fear.
He however, warns that any criminal element who will want to use the Eid-El-Kabir holiday to breach the peace in the state should desist from doing so, as officers and men of the Command are on 24 hours surveillance and any culprit apprehended will face the full wrath of the law.
He also advised members of the public to report any suspicious element to security agencies and wishes all Muslim faithful and residents of the state a happy Eid-El-Kabir celebration
Meanwhile, the Benue State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced the deployment of 579 Regular Marshals and 107 Special Marshals for a safe and hitch-free movement during the Eid-El-Kabir celebration.
This was contained in a release signed by the Command’s Public Education Officer (PEO), Oladele Meshach, who stated that the deployment by the Sector Commander was for patrol, rescue and traffic control. He added that the Sector Commander urged road users to be safety conscious and to abide by all safety rules and regulations during the celebration and beyond.
He also used the opportunity to remind motorists to avoid overloading, observe social distancing of passengers, wash their hands and use hand sanitizer to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
He warned motorists to desist from desperation to make more money during the period which could lead to speeding with attendant crashes.
He stated that any driver caught driving dangerously will risk going to jail and reminded parents not to leave the keys of their vehicles within the reach of their under-aged children or wards.
The commander who wished all Muslim faithful happy Eid-El-Kabir celebration assured members of the public that FRSC would always be ready to respond positively on rescue operations 24/7 and will also partner with all stakeholders to ensure safe road use in the state.
According to him, members of the public can reach out to FRSC on 122 toll free number in case of any crash or emergency.