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Police threaten to sue Osun carnival attendees for breach of peace

The police said carnivals were security threats and that the ban on annual carnival remains in place.

• January 8, 2022
Osun Commissioner of Police (CP), Olawale Olokode
Osun Commissioner of Police (CP), Olawale Olokode

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

“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,” the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said in a statement.

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

“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.

He said the Commissioner of Police had ordered officers to 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,” he added.


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