Oyo state police reads riot act to trouble makers during masquerade festival

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

The Oyo State Police Command has vowed to deal decisively with anybody planning to disrupt the peace of the state during the forthcoming Egungun festival in Ibadan, the state capital.

Penpushing reports that  the Command  Public Relations Officers, Adewale Osifeso, made this known on Wednesday in a statement which was made available to journalists  in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The  command  said that diligent intelligence has been intimated about plots by criminally minded persons in the state to deliberately violate one of the richest displays of trado-cultural heritage in the continent.

 Penpushing further reports that, Osifeso stated that the command had earlier organized stakeholders meeting with leaders of the various masquerade bearing households to review past processions and harp on actions necessary to ensure hitch-free festivity.

The police spokesman said that the event was concluded with the official signing of a peace-pact, legally binding before, during and after the festivities.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko wishes to affirm the command’s position of not folding its hands in docile stupefaction while the historical event evolves into a “free-for-all” avenue for bloodletting, arson, stealing, rape and other vices. To this effect, the command promises to deal decisively with anyone that breaches the relative tranquility enjoyed in the state.”

 Penpushing also reports that the police however assured people of the state of effective policing during and after the festival, urging the people to go about their lawful businesses without fear of harassment or molestation.

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