By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Police Command has warned religious organizations and the public who are in the habit of organizing prayer sessions in the forest, lonely mountains, deserted beaches, and other isolated places to desist from the practice.
The police warned such organizations and individuals that the present security situation in the country does not favour this practice of worshipping in isolated rendezvous.
A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state’s Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, warned that those still favouring the practice of this forms of worship are making themselves easy preys for kidnappers.
Oyeyemi, a deputy superintendent of police, noted that the Police have observed with great concern that despite series of warnings and security tips from the command, some members of the public are still in the habit of organizing such prayer sessions.
“In as much as the command is not oblivious of the right to freedom of religion, it is worth of note that the present security situation in the country is not favorably disposed to organizing prayer sessions in isolated places,” he said.
He assured that the command is working assiduously to get rid of criminal elements who have taken to kidnapping as a business.
The police image maker however warned that pending when these criminal elements would be satisfactorily eliminated, the general public should desist from creating opportunities for them to operate.
“Security should be seen as everybody’s business and we should all play our part in securing ourselves and our property. After all the scripture even enjoined us to watch and pray,” he enjoined.
He, however, noted that if there is any compelling reason to embark on such prayer sessions, the organizers should report to the nearest police station for advice and possible security patrol of the area.