The Police State Command in Osun has warned against an alleged plan to celebrate cultism day in the state on Monday.
This was revealed in a statement issued and signed by the state Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode through DSP Yemisi Opalola, the state PPRO.
He warned that the police and other security agencies would not allow any unlawful gathering or assembly that will endanger the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
He said that marching orders had been given to police formations within the state to be on alert and nip in the bud any act capable of truncating the peace of the state.
The CP added that the alleged celebration may lead to bloodletting and destruction of properties.
“Consequently, the state police command, in collaboration with other security agents and the Civilian JTF will not tolerate any unlawful gathering or assembly that will endanger the peaceful atmosphere of the state, especially during this electioneering period as the plan to mark 8/8 may lead to bloodletting and destruction of properties.
“Therefore, the Commissioner of Police has given marching orders to the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), and tactical units to be at alert and nip in the bud any act capable of truncating the peace of the state, the statement added.
According to the statement, “Also, hoteliers, recreation/event centers and landlords/landladies are by this announcement warned not to allow their facilities to be used for any cult related activities/meetings, as owners of such facilities are liable for prosecution,”
Olokode said any individual found in
contravention of the warning would be arrested and prosecuted, urging parents and guardians to caution their wards to be law-abiding and desist from any act or unlawful gathering and assembly before, during, and beyond the said date.
The CP advised the people of the state to go about their legitimate businesses, assuring that the command has taken necessary security measures to forestall any likely breakdown of law and order.
“Finally, the citizens are urged to be security conscious, vigilant, co-operate and collaborate with the security agents by giving useful, credible, and timely information and report any suspicious movement or activities of cultists and other criminals through these numbers: 08039537995, 08123823981 and 08075872433,” it added.