The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, told residents to desist from holding open processions, carnivals and use of fireworks during the yuletide. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Fatai Owoseni, told journalists that such gatherings should be done within enclosure of the venues. He explained that an emergency State Security Council Meeting decided to stop any form of procession due to intelligence reports on security. Owoseni said the report indicated the possibility of such processions being hijacked by hoodlums and criminal elements. He, however, added that the state was not under any special security threat, but that proactive measures had been put in place to forestall any breakdown of law and order. Owoseni appealed to the public to comply and cooperate with security agencies in the state as they had been mandated to restrict social gatherings including open carnivals. Owoseni insisted that the order restricting the use of fireworks in the state was still in force, as law enforcement officers had been sent out to arrest those selling, distributing and making use of the devices.