COVID - 19: Police To Enforce Ban On Worship Centres, Others In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, March 22, 2020

COVID - 19: Police To Enforce Ban On Worship Centres, Others In Ogun

.                       • Ebrimson

Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

Ogun State Police Command on Sunday said it would arrest and prosecute any body or group found flouting the ban on high density gatherings such as churches, mosques and other areas.

The Police said the ban slammed on those places by the State and Federal Governments is meant to manage and contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and country.
 In a release by the Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police warned individual and groups to steer clear of gatherings that would attract 50 or more persons, stressing that all police formations and units have been mandated to enforce the directive over COVID - 19.
Abimbola,  a Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP), added that the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson,  had also given directive for the release  from detention,  suspects of minor offences in order to decongest cells and prevent spread of the virus among inmates.

 He stated: "In view of the outbreak of coronavirus also known as COVID -19 which has been declared by world Health Organization as pandemic and the subsequent order by the Federal and Ogun state governments banning all form of social and religious gathering, the Ogun state police command wishes to inform the general public of its readiness to embark on full enforcement of the banning order.

"To that effect, all the command's tactical squads as well as area Commanders and DPOs have been activated to ensure the full implementation of the order and to make sure that the order is obeyed to the letter.

 "The commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, therefore appeal to members of the public to stay clear of any social or religious gathering that may attract up to 50 people as the command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute the organizer of such event.
 In addition, the commissioner of police has ordered immediate release of all suspects been detained for minor offences in all police detention facilities across the state as part of the preventive measure while the police medical team has been directed to take the awareness campaign to market places and detention facilities to safeguard the suspects safety.

" Members of the public can reach the command through the control room number 08081770416 or 08081770419 if they  noticed anywhere where the banning order is not been obeyed."

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