Ogun State Police Command has warned residents against attending night vigils and prayer sessions in isolated places to avoid being victims of kidnappers.
The command spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi gave the warning in a statement made available to newsmen, due to the security situation in the country.
He expressed great concern that, despite the series of warnings and security tips from the police, some people are still congregating for night vigils and organizing prayer sessions in the forest, thereby making themselves easy prey for kidnappers.
“However, inasmuch as the Command is not oblivious of right to freedom of religion, it is worthy of note that the present security situation in the country does not favorably dispose anyone to organising prayer sessions in isolated places,” the PPRO said.
He appealed to the public to refrain from creating opportunities for kidnappers to operate, as the Command was working assiduously to get rid of criminals who have made kidnapping a business.
Oyeyemi explained that security should be seen as everybody’s business and “we should all play our part in securing ourselves and our property,” adding that “after all, the scriptures even enjoined us to watch and pray.”
“However, if there is any compelling reason to embark on such prayer sessions, the organisers should report to the nearest Police station for advice and possible security patrol of the area,” he added. (NAN)
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