Festive gifts present terror threat to Nigerians

ABUJA: MEMBERS of the public have been warned against receiving gifts from unknown people during the festive season. The warning by police ahead of the Yuletide season comes amid a spike in bomb attacks the Boko Haram sect is perpetrating.

"The Inspector-General of Police, in view of the Yuletide season and the security challenges in the country, warns all citizens to be vigilant while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends during the season, to avoid explosive-laden hampers as gifts," Police Spokesperson, Olabisi Kolawale, said.

"The Inspector-General of Police also cautions against the use of fireworks such as knockout, "bangers" and other explosives in the celebrations as they could cause distraction that may further heighten fear of insecurity."

He also enjoined citizens to shun all forms of violence and unlawful acts, eschew bitterness, hatred and rancour and go about their legitimate duties without fear of intimidation from any quarter during and after the season. Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Yuletide, Arase has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police, to take necessary measures in ensuring the provision of adequate security for worshippers, travellers, picnickers and all citizens across the country before, during, and after the celebration.

Command Commissioners of Police are to personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centres, motor parks, shopping malls, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resorts are adequately and effectively protected.