By Balkis Tijani.
The Kwara State Police Command has revealed that some suspected cult groups with different identities in the state have reportedly finetuned plans to celebrate an annual festival of cultism in the state capital on Sunday, July 7.
Describing the development as unacceptable, the police disclosed that previous celebrations of the festival resulted in violence and hooliganism among members of the cult groups.
The police also noted that aside from students of secondary and tertiary institutions who champion violent cult activities in the state, artisans like okada riders, tricycle operators, vulcanizers, bricklayers among others were also involved.
The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, in a statement yesterday, hinted that
following credible intelligence report, the state police command had put in place adequate security measures throughout the state to check the development.
Egbetokun called on parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children and wards, while also advising students to shun any suspicious gathering of young men and women in their environments and report every suspicious movements and activities to the police.
The statement reads, “Credible intelligence report available to the command indicates that some criminal elements with different identities have concluded plans to disrupt the peace and tranquility currently existing in Kwara state, on 7/7/2019 in the guise of marking the anniversary of cultism in the state.
“The commissioner of police, Kwara state, Ag CP Kayode Egbetokun, finds this development unacceptable and has put in place adequate security measures throughout the state.
“He is also using this medium to call on parents and guardians to monitor activities of their children and wards.
“Students generally are advised to shun any suspicious gathering of young men and women in their environments and report any suspicious movements and activities of criminal elements to the police through the following phone numbers- 09033871133, 07015338157, and 08070734277.”
The state police command also advised members of the public to go about their lawful activities without any fear of molestation.