The Inspector-General of Police ( I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris has directed the deployment of additional personnel and crime prevention and detection equipment for a robust security arrangements throughout the country during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
A statement by the Force Spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood on Sunday in Abuja, said the arrangement is aimed at ensuring a hitch-free celebration.
Moshood said that Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in zonal and State Commands nationwide would be on ground to beef up security at Eid praying grounds.
“The ongoing raid operations and removal of suspected criminals will continue throughout the Sallah period and beyond,” he said.
He said that the deployment would also cover recreation centres, public places and critical infrastructure and public utilities.
Moshood said that Federal Highway Patrol Teams, the Safer Highway Patrol Units, and Anti-Crime Patrols have been deployed along Highways and major roads throughout the country to provide security for commuters.
“They are under strict instructions to be civil, polite, compassionate and firm in carryout their duties.
“Intense surveillance/Intelligence gathering will be maintained, special deployment and stop and search duties will be in place at all flash/vulnerable points in every state of the Country,” he said.
He enjoined members of the public, especially travellers and other roads users to cooperate with the police personnel deployed on the Highways and other duty posts.
“The I-G wishes the Muslims faithful and other Nigerians happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration,”he said.
The Nigerian Air Force says it has foiled an attempt by boko haram to breach the peaceful Sallah celebrations in Borno.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, stated this at a feast organized for officers and men of the service at the 105 Composite Group, Maiduguri.
Abubakar had held a grand feast for service men carrying out the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, as part of the Eid-el Kabir celebration.
He said that the Air Force in a joint operation with the army had destroyed insurgents’ hideouts, and scuttled their plans to attack communities during the festivities.
“Boko haram insurgents planned to destabilize the Sallah celebration, but with help of the Almighty Allah and our collective efforts, we foiled their plans.
“Our objective is to protect life and property, safeguard the national territorial integrity and make our communities safe so that farmers can go back to their settlements and cultivate their farmlands.
“We will remain in the forest to protect our people.The insurgents are on the run due to concerted military efforts; the only option left for them is to surrender,” he said.
Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, and Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, has appealed to faithful across the country to collectively eschew violence, intolerance, selfishness and uttering of unguarded comments, which are capable of causing disaffection with our neighbors irrespective of tribe, language and creed or heating up the polity.
In his Eid-El-Kabir message, Ashafa noted that Islam is a religion of peace and while faithfuls merry in the period of sallah, they should continue to let this knowledge guide every of their behaviour and speech.
His words: “The Eid-el-Kabir period gives us another opportunity to be moderate in words and deeds and to reflect on the salient virtues and values of Islam.
“…Let us show love to one another through our words and deeds. As it is only in an atmosphere of peace that National Development can take place.
“In the spirit of giving and gratitude, let us all remember to extend invitations to our neighbours to partake in the blessings of the season. It is chronicled that during Eid-el-Kabir, the servant of God sacrificed two rams, one for his family and the other for the people in the community.
:As the year gradually approaches its final months, may unity, faith, peace and progress always find root amongst us as Nigerians. May the blessings of Almighty Allah remain with you and yours.”
The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sept. 1, 2017, as Eid-el-Kabir day.
This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council.
The statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Wednesday, indicated that the declaration followed the sighting of the new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday.
“The advisory committee in conjunction with the National Committee on Moon Sighting received various reports on moon sighting across the country confirming the sighting of the new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017,’’ it said.
The statement said that following the development, Muslims in Nigeria would observe Friday, Sept. 1, as Sallah day.
It added that the Sultan felicitates with all Muslims and wished them Allah’s guidance, blessings, and protection.
The statement also quoted Abubakar as urging Muslims to continue to live in peace and engage in continuous prayers for the development and progress of the country and the world at large.