….. Vows to protect lives and property of citizens
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko has issued strong warning to cultists, persons or groups with the intent to scuttle the relative tranquility enjoyed in the state to shelve such plans or face the consequences.
The commissioner said the Command will not sit in docile stupefaction while hoodlums have a field day.
The command’s Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Adewale Osifeso, in a statement disclosed that the warning followed a credible and duly processed intelligence that some hoodlums and cultists have finalized preparations to adopt and celebrate the 8th of August popularly known as “8/8” with retribution among rival gangs with large -scale violence in the state
“Consequent upon this, the Police Command, in collaboration with sister security agencies will clamp down heavily on organizers, leaders and progenitors of such sinister plans whose aims are targeted at triggering needless episodes of retributions, bloodletting and destruction of innocent lives and properties.
“In furtherance to the above, the Commissioner of Police has assured the good people of the state of comprehensive security coverage which includes an increase in its intelligence, operational and tactical apparatus through visible patrols and intelligence-driven stop and search across the length and breadth of the state.
“To this end, parents, guardians and persons of influence are advised to caution their wards and proteges to refrain from any unlawful gathering or assembly with intent to breach the peace of the land as the State Police Command will arrest and prosecute violators.
“Also, hoteliers, proprietors of lounges and other recreational facilities are advised against consenting to the use of their facilities/properties to aid cult-related activities as owners of such facilities are liable for prosecution as well.
“While expressing confidence in the measure of proactivity already in place, the Commissioner of Police urged all and sundry to remain law-abiding and vigilant enough to report any suspicious activity to the Police command or nearest Police formation, and to go about their businesses without the fear of harassment or molestation from anyone,” the statement said.