Defence & Security

Police warn cultists against unlawful gathering in Osun

By Paul Michael

Osun State Police Command has warned members of unlawful societies and other criminals in the state against unlawful gatherings.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Yemisi Opalola, the Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Olawale Olokode, gave a marching order to Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), and Tactical units to be on alert.

According to the statement, the Command had an intelligence report that cultists were planning to mark August 8, 2022, to celebrate cultism.

The statement “warned cultists and other unscrupulous elements in the state to stop the plan or any of such action(s) forthwith.

“Consequently, the State Police Command, in collaboration with other security agents and 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 a marching order 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.

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“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.”

The CP advised 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 while warning that any individual found in contravention of the warning would be arrested and prosecuted.

“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,” the statement added.

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