As the festive seasons draw nearer, Nigerians have been warned not to accept wrapped gifts and other items from members of the public unknown to them.
The Commissioner of Police in Niger, Mr Dibal Yakadi, on Saturday, gave the advice in Minna in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said such gifts could turn out to be parcel bombs and dangerous if opened.
He also urged the people to be security conscious, especially while attending public functions during and after festivities.
The Niger State Police boss disclosed that the command had already taken proactive security measures to deal with threats to peace before, during and after the Yuletide.
In his words, ‘‘We will continue to utilise the avenues of intelligence-led policing, community, visibility policing as well as constant intelligence-led raid on criminal hideouts,’’ he said.
He called on residents and indeed all Nigerians to provide useful information on suspicious movements of people, saying this would assist security officials to apprehend criminals at the planning stages of their activities.
“We are battle ready to deal with any form of security threats to enable people celebrate the festivities in a peaceful atmosphere,’’ he said.
He further urged officers and men of the command to continue to put in their best as hard working ones would be rewarded, while the indolent personnel would be sanctioned accordingly.