A few days before the celebration of Christmas and New Year, security agencies in Oyo State have assured the residents of a crime-free atmosphere before, during and after the yuletide. 

They made the assurances while giving details of the levels of their preparations towards achieving hitch-free fun during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. 

As part of efforts at achieving a crime-free yuletide celebration, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State,  Mr Adebowale Williams said sustained efforts were being put in place to comprehensively secure critical infrastructures across the length and breadth of the state.

He said the places included Media Houses, Banks, Correctional centres, Hospitals, Schools, Places of worship, Recreational centres, Public spaces, as well as INEC facilities and Telecommunications base stations.

Mr Adebowale said the Command had devised plans to effectively provide security through the full adoption of Robust Community Policing Strategies, Smart Inter-Agency Collaboration, Visibility Policing, Mass Patrolling Strategy and Technology-Driven Policing Strategy. 

The police commissioner, therefore, called on members of the public to celebrate moderately to collectively maintain a crime-free society. 

Speaking in the same vein, FRSC Sector Commander in Oyo State, Mr Joshua Adekanye, said FRSC had also deployed nine hundred and twenty-one officers and special marshals to various traffic-prone areas to ensure free traffic flow during the yuletide celebration. 

Mr Adekanye said the command had also deployed twenty-one patrol vehicles, three ambulances, one heavy-duty tow truck and one motor bike across the state to ensure that the celebration was hitch-free. 

Mr Adekanye added that the command also deployed personnel and logistics to critical corridors like Lagos-Ibadan, Iwo road and Ogbomosho-Ilorin road to tackle the menace of traffic gridlock/obstructions along these corridors.

Similarly, the Oyo State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Mr Micheal Adaralewa said the command had deployed two thousand, five hundred officers and men for the festive period which comprised Anti-Vandalism unit, Counter Terrorism Unit, Agro Rangers, Female Special Squad and Disaster management unit.

Mr Adaralewa, who spoke through the Public Relations Officer of the command called on the Divisional officers across the State to be more vigilant in their community as people prepare for Christmas and New year celebrations.

Mr Adaralewa expressed his optimism about the Security of the lives and properties of the citizens and urged all officers and men to be active in their core mandate.

He later urged Christians and citizens of the state to pray for the survival of the present democracy as the nation was preparing for the 2023 general elections.

Rasheedah Makinde

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