2023 Yuletide: CP Kanayo Says Ban On Sale And Unauthorized Use Of Fireworks Subsists In Enugu

…orders full enforcement of the ban and watertight security.

The Enugu State Command’s Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu has reiterated that the ban on the sale and unauthorized use of fireworks, commonly called “knockout” or “banger,” in the State is still in force.

A statement on Sunday, 17th December 2023 signed by the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said that the CP highlighted the dangers associated with letting off fireworks including criminals using it to perfect their criminal intentions, creating tension, and the general hazards igniting fireworks could pose to human life and property, due to their high tendency to cause bodily injuries and fire outbreaks, especially in this harmattan season. 

According to Ndukwe, the CP, therefore, warned dealers and users of fireworks to desist forthwith. He also cautioned parents and guardians to discourage their children and wards from buying and igniting fireworks, emphasizing that violators would be made to face the full weight of the law.

The statement read, “Consequently, the Commissioner has ordered all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Heads of Tactical Units of the Command, to ensure that the ban is enforced to the letter. He also orders them to put in place watertight security in their areas of responsibility this Yuletide, warning that security breaches of any form in their areas of coverage would not be tolerated.

“The CP wishes the citizens of Enugu State a merry Christmas and a fruitful New Year ahead while urging them to remain law-abiding, and vigilant, and promptly report criminals and their activities to the nearest Police Station. Or by alternatively calling the Command’s emergency hotlines on 08032003702, 08075380883, 08086671202, or 08098880172, or sending emails to infoenugupolice@gmail.com.