The Osun Police Command on Wednesday warned against a planned protest against insecurity and hike in the prices of food in the state.
The spokesperson of the command, Yemisi Opalola handed down the warning in a statement in Osogbo, the state capital, adding that ‘unscrupulous elements’ were planning to protest in order to show their grievances over what the police described as an “ill-conceived perception of insecurity and hike in food prices” in the state.
The statement reads: “The intelligence that availed the Command revealed that, some unscrupulous elements are planning to embark on unlawful gathering/protest, to show their grievances concerning an ill-conceived perception of insecurity and hike in food prices allegedly in the State.
“The Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, therefore wishes to advise that this unlawful plan be jettisoned; and consequently warned, that the Command will not condone any act(s) that will jeopardize the existing relative peace and tranquillity presently enjoyed in the state.”
Opalola noted the spate of insecurity is nationwide and not peculiar to Osun State, which is lucky to have her share put in check.
She said further: “Gathering of any sort is unlawful and a violation of COVID-19 laws. The CP, therefore, appeals to all parents and guardians to warn their children and, or wards to desist from any act(s), capable of causing the breach of peace in the State.
“Be warned also that, the Command will not tolerate deliberate blocking of roads to impede free-flow of human and vehicular movements, molestation of peace-loving members of the public and willful/malicious destruction of any kind whatsoever. This will be resisted vehemently.
“The CP assures good people of the state to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestations from any person or group, as adequate security measures have been emplaced for maximum security of lives and property of the citizens.”