From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
Plateau State Police Command has said it will restrict citizens from visiting recreational centres as part of activities to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir in the state.
A press release issued Monday by the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Edward Ebuka, through the Command’s spokesman, ASP Gabriel Ogabah warned that the police will not allow people visit recreational centres.
It equally stated that the Presidential COVID-19 safety protocol shall be strictly enforced.
“All recreational centers such as the National Museum, Zoo, Wildlife Park, etc in the State will be closed down on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st July, 2021.
“Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 will be moving round to ensure compliance,” said the statement.
It stressed that Federal and State Government safety directives on COVID-19 pandemic are still in force.
The press statement however, assured citizens of safety while they go about their legitimate activities peacefully.
“In order to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens during the celebration;- The Command shall deploy a total of Two Thousand one hundred and sixty one (2,161) personnel to detect and prevent crime as well as control traffic,” It noted.
Meanwhile, Plateau citizens might experience difficulties in moving from one point to another as the police has banned movement of tricycles both commercial and private owned, which are known to conveying goods and services to every part of Jos and Bukuru metropolis.
“There is a total ban on the use of tricycles (Keke) during this period (Tuesday 20th and Wednesday day 21st July, 2021) within Jos metropolis and Bukuru areas of the State,” it said.
It however, allayed fears of Muslims that most prayer grounds may not be open for usual rites.
“There will be prayers on all Eid grounds, Area/Ward Mosques with the exception of the Rukuba Road praying ground,” it added.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Police Command felicitated with Muslims Ummah in the state over the Muslim religious festival.