The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Enugu State, Kanayo Uzuegbu, says the ban on the sale and unauthorised use of fireworks, commonly known as “knockout” or “banger,” is still in force.
The information is in a statement issued on behalf of the commissioner by the police spokesperson in Enugu State, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Sunday in Enugu.
Mr Ndukwe quoted the commissioner as explaining that the dangers associated with letting off fireworks include criminals using it to commit crimes and creating tension.
He also said igniting fireworks could pose dangers to human lives and property due to the high tendency to cause bodily injuries and fire outbreaks, especially during the harmattan.
The commissioner warned dealers and users of fireworks to desist forthwith.
Mr Uzuegbu added, “Parents and guardians should discourage their children and wards from buying and igniting fireworks; violators would be made to face the full weight of the law.
“Area commanders, divisional police officers, and heads of tactical units of the commands should ensure that the ban is enforced.”
The commissioner wished residents a merry Christmas and a fruitful New Year ahead while urging them to remain law-abiding and vigilant and promptly report criminals to the nearest police station.