For two millennia, people around the world have been observing Christmas with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.
It is mostly viewed as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of the Christian religion.
Popular customs during this festive period include the exchange of gifts, decorating of Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends, and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive among others.
As the season sails on with its stunts and memories, it’s most times greeted with security threats. In view of this, the Nigerian Police Force has issued some security and safety tips for the remaining 18 days till the end of the year.
The Cross River State Command of the Force in a press release signed and made available to Prime Progress in Calabar by the Police Public Relation Officer or PPRO, SP Irene Ugbo, for the Commissioner – CP Augustine Grimah enjoins all and sundry to be security conscious, speak up when the need arises as well as shun crime.
CP Grimah adviced the public to avoid flaunting their personal belongings outside and “avoid staying outside at odd hours, that is, the wee hours of the morning or late at night.”
The reads: It is common knowledge that the end of the year brings heightened fears of various crimes and increased insecurity risk. During this time, many people want to achieve certain things before the year runs out, which brings about pressure that might lead to insecurity. In view of the above, citizens are advised as follows:
– Stay alert and report any strange occurrence or individual to the appropriate authorities. (See something, say something).
– Avoid flaunting your personal belongings outside.
– Avoid staying outside at odd hours, that is, the wee hours of the morning or late at night.
– Be conscious of your immediate environment.
– Always keep your loved ones updated about your present location.
– Do not walk alone on lonely paths or in an environment you are not familiar with. It’s safer to remain where decent people are than to fall into the hands of contemptuous people.
– Keep your doors locked at all times.
– Try knowing who is at the door before you open it.
– Call a trusted friend or relative if you cannot help staying out late, and, if possible, have them come to go home with you.
– If you come under any attack, do not try to struggle with them.
– Do not welcome strangers or those you have little information about into your homes.
– Do not give personal information about yourself or families on social media.
– Equally, while driving on the road, avoid taking alcohol or receiving calls.
– Focus on the road as much as possible while driving to avoid an accident.
– Avoid driving recklessly, and make sure you wind up the car glasses before leaving.
– Also, avoid dangerous routes with no checkpoints or security agents.
– It is ideal that before one steps out, let one member of the family know where you are going and be careful not to disclose your destination to friends who are not trustworthy.
– Always endeavour to be your brother’s keeper. Keep tabs on the whereabouts of your loved ones at all times.
In the same vein, the Commissioner of Police Cross River State Command, CP Gyogon A. Grimah, PSC urges residents to take advantage of calling the Command. ‘s control room via this hotline: 08133568456 in case of any distress.
Finally, you need to stay safe to enjoy the festive period, before, during, and after.