Oyo State Police Command has warned owners of hotels, recreational facilities and clubs against the use of their premises for cult-related activities.
This was contained in a statement released on Wednesday over some cult groups plans to celebrate today (7th July) as cultists day in the state.
The state Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, advised all groups that intend to jeopardise the peace in the state to shelve the plan saying some cultists have finalised plans to celebrate what is known as 7/7.
“Credible and duly processed intelligence by The Oyo State Police Command’s intelligence apparatus has revealed that some hoodlums/ Cultists have finalized preparations to adopt and celebrate the 7th of July, 2021, popularly known as “7/7” with retribution among rival gangs and large-scale violence in the State.
“In view of this, the Commissioner of police CP Ngozi Onadeko, fdc is issuing a strong warning to any person (s) or group under any of these categories with the intent to scuttle the relative tranquility enjoyed in the State to shelve such plans as the Command would not sit in docile stupefaction while hoodlums have a field day,” the statement read.
“Consequently 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.
“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 play, the Commissioner of Police wishes to urge 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.”