Enugu State Police Command says it will provide adequate protection for residents during the World Cup through its 24-hour patrol and surveillance.
The Command’s spokesman, Superintendent of Police Ebere Amaraizu, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Enugu.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles and 31 other countries would trade tackles at the June 14 to July 15 football fiesta.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are in Group D comprising Argentina, Croatia and World Cup debutantes, Iceland.
The event would feature 64 matches, all of which would be televised by various Pay Television Networks being subscribed to by football match viewing centres, relaxation spots and hotels.
Amaraizu said that residents of the state are free to watch the World Cup matches even very late into the night without fear as there would be adequate police presence.
“We don’t sleep in our duty especially on minute-by-minute patrols in the state. That is why there is always night life in Enugu.
“However, we are redoubling our efforts to strengthen the existing patrol and other security frameworks during this World Cup season.
“This is knowing what it means for the residents and visitors to watch the matches live in a secured environment,’’ he said.
The spokesman also urged football lovers and residents to be of good conduct especially in the aspect of controlling their emotions as a match progresses.
“Do not allow your emotions to cause commotion. Football is a game meant to promote peace, love and oneness among people.
“Residents should watch matches and make new friends notwithstanding the outcome,’’ he said.
According to him, the officers and men of the command are wishing the Super Eagles a fruitful outing and superlative performance that would make the country proud.
“For those who cannot make it to Russia due to one circumstance or the other; the person, family or group can come to Enugu and watch the matches through Pay Television Network in viewing centres and hotels as well as experience the peace and hospitality the state offers,’’ he advised.