Open Worship Centres, Go To Jail, Police Tells Religious Leaders In Ogun

June 21, 2020
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Following the government’s directive on an indefinite suspension on the reopening of worship centres across the state, Ogun State Police Command, on Saturday, vowed to arrest and prosecute leaders of any religious organisation caught opening their worship centres for any form of convergence or fellowship.

The command’s public relations officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who made this known yesterday, in Abeokuta the state capital, said such religious leaders would be treated as common criminals who is “deliberately making attempts to cause the widespread of the virus in the state.”

LEADERSHIP Sunday recalled that the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, had, on Friday, in his statewide address, declared that religious centres remained the most veritable and potent places to spread the deadly virus, and consequently placed convergence of people for religious activities on an indefinite suspension.

But in a release signed by the command’s PRO, Oyeyemi emphasised intelligence report at the police headquarters has it that some religious leaders were already planning to reopen their places of worship in defiance to the state government directives, and so, enjoined them to have a change of mind in their own interests.”

Oyeyemi explained that as a responsible organisation who is constitutionally saddled with the responsibilities of maintaining peace and order, the police would not fold its hands watching some people openly flouting the law of the land.

He disclosed that all the Area Commanders (A.Is), Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), as well as the command’s Tactical Squads have been activated and directed to be on surveillance patrol across the state with the view of bringing any erring religious leaders to justice.

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