The Police Command in Plateau has deployed 2,161 personnel for the Eid-el-Fitr celebration in the state.

ASP Ubah Ogaba, the command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Jos.

According to Ogaba, the measure is aimed at ensuring a peaceful, crime free and memorable Eid-el-Fitr celebration in the state.

“The command in its quest to have a hitch free sallah celebration has developed strategies.

“In view of the above, the command has deployed 2,161 personnel to detect and prevent crime, as well ensure free flow of traffic in the state.

“This is to also ensure adequate security and safety of citizens of the state during the celebration,” he said.

 The PPRO advised the Muslim faithful in the state to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols such as social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and wearing of facemasks among others at the designated Eid grounds.

He said that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 would move round to ensure compliance, adding that anyone caught would be sanctioned.

Ogaba said that the command had banned the operation of tricycles between Wednesday and Thursday, adding that all recreational centres would also remain closed during same period.

He added that the ban on sale and use of all kinds of fireworks and explosives was still in force and warned that anyone caught using them would be arrested and be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The spokesman called on parents and guardians to counsel their children and wards to desist from  drugs abuse and other forms of social vices.

He enjoined members of the public to be security conscious, give useful and timely information to the Police and other security agencies for prompt response.