By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Police Command on Thursday read riot act to members of the suspected cultists operating in the state.
The command said credible information gathered through intelligence showed that some sets of cultists have concluded plan to mark the illegal 7/7 cultism day on Friday July 7, 2023.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Dare Ogundare, in a statement signed by the spokesperson Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Sunday Abutu, sounded the warning ahead of the proposed unlawful celebration of cultists in the state.
He said the command had received credible information that on the day of the cultists’ celebration, new members will be initiated and there would be supremacy battle which was usually characterized by violence.
“Consequently, the Command warned cultists and other criminal elements in the State to shun such illegal and unhealthy celebration or any of such plans or actions that could cause unnecessary apprehension or alter the peaceful atmosphere currently being enjoyed in the state.
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Dare Ogundare, has directed the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of Departments, Intelligence and Tactical units to be at alert and ensure the deployment of adequate personnel to identify flash points and ensure that all acts capable of truncating the peace of the state are nipped in the bud.
“The Commissioner equally warns hoteliers, recreations and event centre owners and landlords against allowing cult members or hoodlums to use their properties for cult related or criminal activities, while imploring parents to warn their wards to be law abiding and desist from any act, unlawful gathering or assembly before, during and after the said date.
The Command equally warned members of the public not to hesitate to contact the police or visit the nearest police station in case of emergency or intelligence report.
Meanwhile, a combined security operatives in the state have commenced surveillance and patrol across Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, apparently to prevent break down of law and order.