The Commissioner Police in Oyo State, Shina Olukolu, has said that those who hold street carnivals during Eid-el-Kabir period without due approval should prepare to face sanctions.
Olukolu warned organisers of “frivolous street carnivals” to be wary of “disgruntled youths and idle individuals who are criminally minded” and always willing to use such avenues to extort money, intimidate their perceived rivals, or commit crimes such as murder.
A Press statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, quoted the CP as saying that the Police would not stand by and watch violent individuals or groups use carnivals to engage in activities that would disturb public peace or that may lead to breakdown of law and order.
“Consequently, organisers of such unapproved street carnivals should be ready to bear the consequences of any negative fallout before, during and after the celebrations.”
The police also called on the leaders of commercial motorcycle riders to join hands with it to flush out criminally minded individuals in their midst who have been devising several means/methodology, styles and modus operandi to commit crimes such as stealing, armed robbery and rape, among others.
“It is pertinent to note that, police searchlight will henceforth be beamed on such operators with a view of running them out of business and bringing them to justice,” it added
Olukolu assured that it was fully prepared for the Sallah celebrations and adequate security measures had been put in place to respond adequately to any security threats from any individuals or groups who may be bent on disturbing the relative peace and tranquility being enjoyed by the law abiding citizens in the state.
The CP also advised that celebrants should be conscious of their security, the environment, suspicious parcels, packages, movement/individuals and avoid frivolous journeys and invitations particularly by unknown persons on telephone who may pretend to be friend but may only be an enemy lurking around to commit havoc.