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Lagos warns against fireworks, threatens arrest

The Lagos State Government has warned against the sale and use of fireworks within the business districts, citing the potential hazard to residents.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District, Mr. Olugbenga Oyerinde, asked parents and guardians to warn their children/wards, saying the law banning fireworks in the state was still in force.

Oyerinde, according to a statement on Thursday, said security agencies would arrest those selling and distributing the device in markets.

“Some fireworks have the same sound as some of the guns criminals use and people cannot differentiate them. Also, there is the need to protect markets against fire incidents.

“Therefore, it is important to clamp down on the distribution and usage to help secure people and valuable property as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach,’’ he added.

He stressed that the use of fireworks indiscriminately, especially during the harmattan, could lead to disasters with the attendant loss of lives and property.

The special adviser also assured shoppers and business owners within the central business district of the readiness of the government to ensure the Yuletide was devoid of gridlock and criminal activities..

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