Ogun state Police Command on Sunday said it would arrest and prosecute any body or group found flouting the ban order placed by the state government on high density gatherings which included churches, mosques among other areas.
The Police said the ban slammed on those places by the state and federal governments is meant to manage and contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and country.
A statement issued and signed in Abeokuta, the state capital by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the top police authority in the state has activated all formations and units to invade and arrest churches, mosques and any other social gatherings that fails to comply with the state government’s order restricting convergences of people to 50 or less because of COVID – 19.
While warning individual and groups to steer clear of gatherings that would attract 50 or more persons, Oyeyemi explained that the police itself has demonstrated compliance with the order as the state Commissioner of Police has expressly ordered the release from detention, all suspects being detained on minor offences so as to decongest police cells and tame spread of the virus among inmates.
“To that effect, all the command’s tactical squads as well as Area Commanders and DPOs have been activated to ensure the full implementation of the order and to make sure that the order is obeyed to the letter.
“As part of the preventive measures, the commissioner of police has directed the police medical team has to take the awareness campaign to market places and detention facilities to safeguard the suspects safety”
“Members of the public can reach the command through the control room number 08081770416 or 08081770419 if they noticed anywhere where the banning order is not been obeyed”.
“The commissioner of police CP Kenneth Ebrimson therefore appeal to members of the public to stay clear of any social or religious gathering that may attract up to 50 people as the command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute the organizer of such event”.