The Ogun State Police Command has warned against alleged plan by some religious leaders to reopen worship centres in the state.
Doing so, it said, would be a violation of the order of the state government banning the reopening of the worship centres in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Anyone found violating the order, the police said, would be made to face the consequence.
Spokesman of the police in the state, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, made the declaration on Saturday in a statement he issued.
He said the warning became necessary following the intelligence report to the effect that some religious groups were planning to violate the ban on reopening of worship centres.
His words: “Following the state government’s resolve to postpone the reopening of religious centres across the state indefinitely as a result of increase cases of COVID-19 pandemic, the Ogun State Police Command has received an intelligence report that some religious leaders are planning to reopen their places of worship in defiance to the state government directives.”
Oyeyemi said further: “In view of this, the Command wishes to appeal to those who have such intention to, in their own interests, have a rethink because such action will be viewed as deliberately making an attempt to cause the widespread of the virus in the state.
“As a responsible organisation, constitutionally mandated to maintain peace and order, the police will not fold its hands while some people will be openly flouting the law of the land.
“Therefore, all the Area Commanders, DPOs as well as the Command’s tactical squads have been directed to be on surveillance patrol across the state with the view of bringing to justice anybody found disobeying the government’s directives.
“The fight against COVID-19 should be seen as a collective responsibility of everybody and we should all join hands with government to defeat the virus once and for all.”