Why We Banned Knockout, Banger In Imo – Police

  • The Police have banned knockout and banger in Imo state.

EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Imo State Police Command has banned completely the use of fireworks popularly known as knockout, banger in Imo.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri, ahead of the yuletide celebrations.

He said the banned was placed because hoodlums now use it to cause a distraction to rob and kidnap their target victims.

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However, the Police Command has instructed the Divisional Police Officers, DPO, to quickly commence strict enforcement of the order in their areas.


“The Imo State Police Command has observed with utmost dismay the indiscriminate use of fireworks and other Explosives in the state and hereby warn the general public that, the Ban on the use of fireworks and other Explosives is still very much in force and the command will enforce all the extant laws prohibiting the use of ‘ KNOCKOUTS ‘, ‘ BANGER ‘ etc especially this yuletide season.

“It is common knowledge that hoodlums use such Fireworks and Explosives to cause distraction, panic and consequently pandemonium and in the process rob / kidnap unsuspecting victims. Also, such fireworks and explosives could be life-threatening as they may cause heart attacks in aged persons and fire outbreaks.

“To forestall crime and criminality in the State parents/guardians are advised to educate and guide their children and wards against the use of fireworks and other explosives. Wholesalers / Retailers of such items are equally warned to stop distribution/ sales of fireworks in the state as anyone found complicit will be arrested, the fireworks or explosives confiscated and such person(s) prosecuted forthwith.”

“The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini psc, has directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers ( DPOs) to ensure strict enforcement of the ban in their areas and assured Imolites of the command’s commitment to ensuring a crime-free Christmas and new year celebrations in the state,” Police said.

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