Osun State Police Command has strongly warned against any attempt to hijack peaceful protest in the state, adding that such action will not be tolerated.
This warning was given in a statement by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola on Thursday.
The command equally advised that individuals or groups planning protests should notify it in writing in order to put in place security measures that will prevent criminals from hijacking it.
In the statement, the police spokesperson said, “Intelligence at the disposal of the Osun State Police Command reveals that some persons hiding under the guise of increment in the price of commodities are planning to embark on protest in the state.
“In view of this, the Command is using this medium to urge individuals or groups of persons behind this plot to eschew any act that will bring about the breakdown of law and order in the state.
“It is worthy of note that some criminal elements have perfected plans to hijack the protest and jeopardize the peace of the state.
“Consequently, those nursing the thought of any procession should notify the Command in writing to enable the emplacement of adequate security measures that will wade-off any form of infiltration by some criminal elements.”
Opalola called on the residents of the state to go about their lawful daily activities.
She stated further that the Command had taken necessary security measures to forestall any likely breakdown of law and order.