ABUJA: THE Police has urged worshippers at Jumat and Church services to take adequate measures to reduce the number of vehicles around these worship centres so as to make the tasks of keeping surveillance on the area easier.
According to Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, this development is against the backdrop of recent security challenges in the country and the general preparations for the Easter Celebrations.
The Police apex authority also advises that abandoned and disused vehicles should not be parked within or close to places of worship and residential areas.
It further highlights the need for vehicles parked overnight in those premises to be properly vetted and identified.
Police emphasized that empty containers and other forms of receptacles not in use should be properly disposed or stored far away from the reach of unauthorised persons.
The Police High Command highlighted the need for flower pots and flower edges around residential buildings, offices and worship centres to be kept clear and regularly checked for foreign or suspicious objects.
It enjoined worshippers to make conscious effort to know fellow members of their congregation. This they say will make it easier to know who is a stranger in their midst.
It reiterated the need for worshippers to be security alert and report all suspicious characters and observations to the Police.
“The worship centres are enjoined to discourage hawking and clustering / loitering around the worship centres after service.
“Worshippers are equally advised to refrain from entering the worship centres with hand bags, brief-cases and other related items.”
The Force equally advises operators of motor parks, shopping malls and recreational centres to work very closely with the Police and other security agencies as they strive to strengthen general security in their respective facilities.