Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni, said at a meeting with stakeholders in Jos on Tuesday that the police were prepared arrest any person or group of persons planning to foment trouble during the festive period (Thursday and Friday).
Ayeni warned worshippers to steer clear of the Rukuba Road and Polo Field prayer grounds during the period, saying they are still under ban.
The CP urged religious leaders and parents to caution their followers and children against violence.
No fewer than 10 people were killed and several cars burnt when some members of the Izalla Muslim group clashed with their Christian counterparts at the Rukuba prayer ground last year.
Ayeni said, “You the leaders are to educate your children, the security agencies will not tolerate any act of lawlessness. If as a leader or parent you cannot control your children, it means you have failed in your responsibility.
“You just have to talk to them because we have what it takes to enforce law and order.
“We have done our homework, we are not appealing to you out of fear but we want to carry everybody along, and we are not talking out of fear. Any youth that wants to test the will of the security agencies should come out and foment trouble.”
He also urged Muslims to avoid any unauthorised routes and not carry weapons to prayer grounds.
Ayeni said all worshippers would be thoroughly searched to ensure that only genuine ones allowed into all prayer grounds.
Meanwhile, the Katsina State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission has warned motorists against reckless driving and over-loading during and after the Eid-el-kabir celebrations.
The FRSC Sector Commander, Alhaji Habu Dauda, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Katsina, the warning became necessary considering the expected large turnout of people.
He said, “This time round we have taken renewed measures to check reckless and lousy drivers both on highways and township roads.
“Motorists should, therefore, steer clear as the road marshals would not condone careless driving to avoid accidents throughout the festival and after.”
Dauda said statistics had shown that most road accidents in the country were caused by reckless driving, hence the resolve of the command to control it in the state.