Police have cautioned proprietors and managers of Football Screening Venues ahead of the English Premier League Resumption.
Speaking to the press, Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said territorial commanders have been tasked to work closely with all proprietors and managers of social entertainment places like bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels, gardens, night clubs, etc. to enhance measures designed to keep supporters safe and to raise awareness of the existing threats of terrorism, among football fans, well wishers and staff.
“While there is no specific threat directed towards the screening of matches under the English Premiership and other football leagues, we would like to caution all proprietors and managers of major venues and hang-out spots that they should be mindful of the existing threats, since their venues remain attractive to terrorists,” he explained.
Enanga said the move is part of a wider plan to work more closely with the hospitality and entertainment sector to help protect the public.
He further asked fans watching the live games to stay safe and vigilant.
He said managers at all venues have been asked to ensure that security management plans are in places in liaison with the area police and adequate staff.
“Report any breach of peace to the police, Prohibit excessive consumption of alcohol. Sale of alcohol to under 18 prohibited, Avoid over crowding. Consider no more admissions if at full capacity, Have restricted number of entrances, Ensure all fire exits are regularly reviewed and unobstructed, Encourage use of plastic cups and bottles, CCTV must be fully operational 24/7, among others.”
He called for vigilance at all times and in case of anything suspicious, police should be alerted.