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Insecurity: Police urges against people praying in forests



OGUN State Police Command has warned people going to pray in the forest to desist from doing so to avoid the risk of being kidnapped.

  The command in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police said that they have observed with great concern that, “despite series of warnings and security tips from the command, some members of public are still in the habit of organising prayer sessions in the forest, thereby making themselves an easy prey for kidnappers.

  “In as much as the command is not oblivious of right to freedom of religion, it is worth of note that the present security situation in the country is not favorably disposed to organising prayer sessions in isolated places.

  “The command is working assiduously to get rid of the criminal elements who have taken kidnapping as business, and pending when they will be satisfactorily eliminated, the general public should desist from creating opportunities for them to operate.

  “Security should be seen as everybody’s business and we should all play our part in securing ourselves and our property. After all the scripture 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”, the command stated.

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