Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase
Some residents of Lagos on Friday expressed bitterness over the incessant use of fireworks, which they alleged, were causing them sleepless nights during the New Year celebration.
The residents in separate interviews told NAN that it was a violation of their fundamental human rights for some people, under the guise of celebrating the New Year, marred their own peaceful family time.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however, reports that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, had ordered the ban on the use of fireworks and any form of carnival during the Yuletide.
Mrs Opeyemi Awosika, a banker and resident at Abule-Egba, a suburb of Lagos, said that the fireworks prevented her from gaining access to her street when she got home at 9 p.m.
I got to my street at about 9.00 p.m. and the noise from the fireworks, especially the knockout, was so much and deafening that I had to park my car and called my gate man before I could gain access,’’ she said.
Another banker and a resident of the same area, Mr Oladapo Adeniji, said that he had to call the boys, using the fireworks, to order before they allowed him drive peacefully to his gate.
But no sooner than I had passed than they started throwing the fireworks again.
I am not saying they should not celebrate but it is wrong when they use their celebration to disturb the peace of others,’’ Adeniji said.
A lady, who simply gave her name as Madam Agnes and resides at Oke-Odo, another suburb of Lagos, also said that she the threatening noise from the fireworks prevented her from attending a planned crossover vigil.
“I had planned to attend a church for the crossover service but I had to change my mind when I started hearing the sounds of the fireworks.
At first, I thought it was gunshots because it was very loud but I later discovered that it was firework.
This made me to change my mind and I told my children that we should do our prayers indoor as it is dangerous to go in the midst of fireworks,’’ she said.
Mr Michael Abiri, a lawyer who resides at Agege area of Lagos, told NAN that the use of knockouts had reduced when compared to 2014 Yuletide.
He, however, advised the police to ensure that it enforced the law banning the sales of fireworks in the state.
It is an infringement on a person’s fundamental human rights when a person’s celebration is disturbing the other. That is unlawful,’’ he said.
According to Abiri, it is when the sale of fireworks is curbed that there will be no more demand for it.
The defiant users of fireworks should be arrested and prosecuted,’’ he said.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Joseph Offor, however, told NAN that the state police command made some arrests.
He promised to make the numbers of arrests it made public in due course.