The police in Osun has warned cultists and hoodlums planning to celebrate the ‘July 7 (7/7) Day’ to desist from such plans, warning that unlawful gatherings or assembly will not be tolerated.
The day is set aside by cult groups to celebrate ‘cultism day’, when they initiate new members and engage in violence usually at night.
The warning is contained in a statement by the command’s spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, on Tuesday.
“The intelligence that availed the police command revealed that cultists are planning to mark the 7/7 to celebrate cultism. In view of this, the commissioner of police, Julius Okoro, warned cultists and other unscrupulous elements in the state to stop the plan or any of such action(s) forthwith,” said the police statement.
It added, “Consequently, the 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. Any unlawful assembly will not be tolerated, especially during this electioneering period as the plan to mark 7/7 may lead to bloodletting and destruction of properties.”
Ms Opalola added that the police commissioner gave 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 breaching peace in Osun.
“The state police command will arrest and prosecute defaulters. Also, hoteliers, recreation, event centres 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,” added the statement.
It urged the public to “go about their legitimate businesses while the command has taken necessary security measures to forestall any likely breakdown of law and order.”
“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,” said the statement.
The police said citizens could call on 08067788119, 08039537995, 08123823981 and 08075872433 to report any suspicious activities.