The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9 headquarters Umuahia, Isaac Akinmoyede, has assured residents and returning South-East people and guests that the zone is safe for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Akinmoyede, in his Christmas message on Saturday, affirmed strategic operational order to ensure a hitch-free yuletide celebration in the region.
A statement issued by the Zone 9 spokesperson, Bruno Iheanetu, said that the AIG urged people to be law-abiding as they celebrate.
According to Iheanetu, the zone 9 and other security agencies had put in place adequate plans to combat criminal activities during and after the celebrations.
The statement also urged people to abide strictly to the Electoral Act as they celebrate, bearing in mind that the general elections were around the corner.
The statement read, “The Assistant Inspector General of police, Zone 9 Headquarters Umuahia, AIG Isaac O. Akinmoyede, psc, fdc, MNIM, on behalf of Officers and men of the Zone 9 Police Command Headquarters wishes to felicitate with all Christians under the Zone 9 Police Command which comprises of Abia, Ebonyi and Imo Police Commands as they celebrate the Christmas and New year Festivals.
“The Assistant Inspector General of police, Zone 9 Headquarters Umuahia, while wishing all Christians a merry Christmas celebration, urges them to use this period to pray for sustenance, peace and security in the Zone as well as the unity of the country at large.
“The Zone 9 Police Command Headquarters uses this medium to assure all well-meaning Nigerians especially those coming home for yuletide celebration of their safety before, during and after the celebrations as the Zonal Command in synergy with other sister agencies have put in place adequate and sophisticated apparatus and strategic operational order to ensure the safety of all and sundry before, during and after the yuletide season.
“AIG Isaac Akinmoyede further advises members of the public to adhere strictly to electoral act, extant laws and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in view of the forthcoming General election amidst the merriment of the yuletide season.”