Babaji said the order had become necessary to aid the sustenance of the relative peace in the FCT, and effectively checkmate crimes and criminality, especially during the Yuletide festivities.
The Guardian reported that the CP noted that the use of knockouts, others, aside constituting nuisance and disturbance of public peace, is also capable of causing unnecessary fear and apprehension and other dangers associated with its usage in the harmattan period. This is in addition to the possibility of providing an escape space for criminals after the commission of a crime.
According to FCT police spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh: “To this end, the CP has ordered all Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Police Units within the FCT to carry out due enforcement of the ban and ensure that anyone who violates the order is arrested and brought to book.
“He warned persons trading in these banned items to seek alternative but legal ventures noting that in the FCT, it will not be business as usual.
“The CP, while enjoining the good people of FCT to be more vigilant and security conscious and promptly report any suspicious activity within their locality via the commands emergency numbers 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883, also reassured that the Police remain committed to the safety, security and peaceful co-existence of all residents in the Capital.”
In an earlier report, The Nigerian Xpress said that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu deployed additional mobile policemen in the correctional centres in the state.
This was disclosed after he received the new Controller of Correctional Service, Lagos, Comp. Francis Adebisi, and his entourage, at the Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, the state capital.