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Christmas: Lagos council bans street jamz, carnivals



Dr Ahmed Apatira, the Executive Chairman Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area (LCDA), has banned all carnivals and street Jamz during the festivities.

Apatira stated this in his Christmas message, as he urged residents to extend kindness to the less privileged in the community.

He said the ban became imperative due to violence and wanton destruction of properties usually experienced during the yuletide season.

The council chairman noted Christmas “season symbolizes love, care and compassion for persons, especially the weak, vulnerable and less privileged,” he said.

“My message to everyone at this period is to put a smile on the face of persons who may not necessarily be able to pay them back.

Apatira added that the LCDA banned all forms of street jamz, carnivals or public processions across the community.

He urged the residents to desist from any activity that could lead to disruption of public peace and safety.

“The ban becomes necessary due to a series of violence and wanton destruction of valuable properties associated with such carnivals in recent times.

“In view of this, the executive, legislative and management team while reviewing the security situation within and outside the council area, came to the conclusion that the street jamz and carnivals had become an avenue through which some unscrupulous people and cultists unleashed terror on innocent members of the public.

“As a government saddled with the constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and properties, this administration cannot fold its arms while hoodlums will be making life difficult for law-abiding citizens.

“In this regard, all forms of street jamz, carnivals and public processions are hereby banned and violators will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

The council boss urged residents to go about their normal activities without the fear of molestation as his administration had taken proactive measures with security agencies to guarantee hitch-free christmas and new year celebrations for residents. 

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