Security has been beefed up in Adamawa and Taraba states, ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the two states.
Also, Governor Bala Ngillari of Adamawa State has banned the use of tricycles popularly known as Keke –Napep during the Christmas celebration.
He said the ban was after due consultation with the state police command.
Operators of public places have been asked to be vigilant and ensure they properly screen all users of their facilities during the yuletide. Also, members of the public have been urged to report any suspicious movement in their areas to the police.
The dreaded Boko Haram insurgents are still in control of some areas of Adamawa including Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas leading to thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, scattered across the state.
Already, there is heavy traffic across the two states as security check points have been mounted at strategic entrances of the state capitals.
Churches across the state have also made alternative security arrangements to ensure violent-free Christmas celebration.
The Police spokespersons In Adamawa and Taraba, Othman Abubakar and Joseph Kwaji, have all confirmed that security vehicles and armoured personnel vehicles will be deployed to the hospitals, churches, army and police barracks to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Mr. Abubakar promised that the stop and search security arrangement and surveillance activities are also part of efforts to ensure a smooth Christmas celebration.
He said “The Command is leaving nothing to chance to ensure we have violent-free Christmas celebration. The police are raiding all flash points across the state to counter any attack that may want to disrupt the peaceful celebration”.
Also Mr. Kwaji advised that worshipers coming to church on Christmas day should remain inside until the close of worship/prayers. He also prohibited loitering around the churches during the praying session.
“Worshipers would not be allowed into the churches with bags, parcels or any container that could conceal weapons into the place of worship,” he said.