By Tukur Muntari
The Kano State Police Command has warned Islamic scholars or persons delivering sermons, lectures or preaching against the use of provocative and inciting language during the Ramadan period and beyond.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Majiya, which was issued to newsmen on Friday in Kano.
“The command is monitoring all activities in our places of worship and will not hesitate to swiftly act accordingly, when the need arises,’’ Majiya said.
He advised various Mosque Security Committees to liaise with the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in their respective areas to ensure the provision of adequate security during Tafsir or any form of worship throughout the Ramadan period and beyond.
“The committees should as well adopt measures such as searching, barricading, and flow of useful and timely information, to safeguard worshippers and worship places.
“The committees are also advised to stop people from going to mosques or worship places with bags, parcels, boxes, containers or any other item that may cause suspicion among the people around,’’ he said.
The command advised people leaving their homes for mosques or worship places to ensure that they locked all their doors and windows or assigned a watchman to deter undesirable elements who may seize the opportunity to carry out nefarious acts during worship or during breaking fast.
“The communities are advised to organise vigilance groups who will complement police efforts day and night in bringing down the rate of crime within our homes, schools, work and business places,’’ the police spokesman said.
The command further advised motor vehicle and taxi drivers, as well as tricycle operators, to avoid accepting food items or soft drinks from passengers or passengers from drivers, to avoid falling victims of one-chance syndicates or kidnappers.
It then reminded the general public to use the Control Room and Emergency Lines of the command, in case of any eventuality, as follows: 08032419754, 08123821575 or 08075391163.