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Hampers may be Laden with Explosives, Police Warns Nigerians

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The Nigeria police has issued a statement, asking Nigerians to be security conscious and be wary of receiving Christmas hampers from unknown persons.
According to Nigerian police spokeswoman, Olabisi Kolawole, some of the hampers from supposed friends may be laden with explosives.
“The inspector-general of police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, 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,” Kolawole said in a statement.
The police also warned citizens against the use of fireworks to avoid causing panic, and implored all to eschew violence.
“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,” the statement read.
“He also enjoins 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, the IGP 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.”