Police rule out street carnivals in Osun

SP Yemisi Opalola

SP Yemisi Opalola, Spokesperson, Osun Police Command.

By Olajide Idowu

The Osun Police Command on Saturday in Osogbo warned residents of the state against organising any form of carnival in any part of the state.

The Command’s spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, said in a statement that an earlier ban on carnivals in the state subsists.

She said that sometimes carnivals constitute security threats and breach of peace and warned that offenders would be prosecuted.

Opalola also said the State Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, had directed officers and men of the Command to enforce the ban by apprehending those that go contrary to it.

“The Osun Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, being mindful of his statutory duties and relentless efforts to guarantee tranquillity, is using this medium to remind members of the public that the ban on annual carnival is still in force.

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“Members of the public are, therefore, warned to desist from organising or holding any form of carnival as this could constitute a threat to the security of members of the public.

“This warning becomes imperative as miscreants/hoodlums usually capitalise on the carnival to carry out nefarious activities”, he said.

She said the Commissioner of Police had ordered officers intensify patrols all over the state to enforce the ban.

“Parents and guardians are advised to be security-conscious and caution their wards to be law-abiding.

“Residents and law-abiding citizens are encouraged to give prompt and useful report of any suspicion by calling the following distress phone numbers: 08039537995 and 08123823981.

“They can also dial 08075872433 or report to the nearest Police Station,” she said.

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