The Osun State government in South-West Nigeria has assured the people of the state of adequate security during and after the celebration of Eid-l-Kabir.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Tope Adejumo, urged citizens to be law-abiding during the celebration.
He also urged adherents of different religions to join hands to celebrate Sallah peacefully.
The state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola said in a statement that provision of enough equipment as well as human and material resources to wipe out criminality in the state has been made.
He said security has equally been placed on red-alert to ensure that Osun remains inhabitable to criminals before, during and after Sallah celebration.
Aregbesola advised residents not to leave security issues to government alone, since they have information on every occurrence in their neighbourhood.
The statement also urged parents and guardians to be extra vigilant about the movement of their children and wards.
Meanwhile, the usual free train arrangement for the celebrants and well wishes who wish to mark the festival in the state has been concluded.
The train leaves Lagos on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September to Osogbo, the state capital. The return trip shall be made on Saturday September 17 from Osogbo to Lagos.
It would be recalled that the free train arrangement during festivals which commenced six years ago, has been consistent since Governor Aregbesola became the Governor of Osun state.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Police Command has also assured residents of the ancient city of adequate security during the Sallah celebration.
The Kano Police Command spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majiya, in a statement said that the Command has put in place security measures to ensure a crime-free Eid-El-Kabir.
According to him, ‘’the Command has deployed adequate personnel at praying grounds, recreational centres, markets, entry and exit points of the state, including all other strategic places to ensure a hitch-free celebration.’’
He advised people heading to recreational centres, as well as other places of gathering during the celebrations to be extra-vigilant by taking good cognizance of people, including objects around them.
DSP Magaji urged Muslim faithful going to Eid praying grounds to go with their praying mats only.
Majia instructed that ‘’all vehicles must be parked about 200 metres away from Eid praying grounds, while all worshippers must be mandatorily screened, with metal detectors before being allowed entry to the Mosque premises, as part of security measures.’’
It was also observed that the Police Command has embarked on motorized patrol of the metropolis, just as police presence is noticeable at strategic locations, within the metropolitan city, all of whom are conducting routine stop and search of motorists in and out of the metropolis.