The annual cultic celebration, popular for the 7th day of every July and known as “7/7,” has come to the awareness of the Oyo State Police Command. The Command, which spoke via its spokesman, DSP Adewale Osifeso on Wednesday, said it is aware of the annual festival of clashes between rival cult groups in the country. And that this year’s edition will be coming up today, 7th July 2021.
The Command according to him is on the trail of any suspected cultist, it will be clamping down on every hideout of the dreaded cultists and hoodlums.
Osifeso further revealed that the intelligence reports at the beck and call of the Police has exposed the finalised plan to make the weird celebration happen amidst large-scale violence.
He reiterated further that the Police Commissioner Ngozi Onadeko, has sounded a note of serious warning to those erring youths, whose stock-in-trade is scuttling the peace enjoyed in the state.
Criminal elements according to the PPRO will not be availed with the field day. He said that the command, in collaboration with other sister security agencies, would clamp down heavily on organisers, leaders and progenitors of such sinister plans whose aim is to cause bloodletting and destruction of innocent lives and property.
“The Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the good people of the state of a comprehensive security coverage 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 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,” Osifeso said.
Proprietors of Lounges, hoteliers and owners of other public utilities are hereby enjoined not to give their properties a willing tool to cultic activities, not when such action will be duly prosecuted.
The people of the state can go about their normal businesses, be law-abiding and at the same time expose any unusual activity to the police.