Police suspend rallies, processions ahead of Dapo Abiodun’s inauguration

Dapo Abiodun

Police in Ogun State say they are suspending rallies, processions and assemblies in public places after uncovering plans to disrupt the inauguration of the governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, and his deputy, Noimot Salako.

Spokesperson of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement on Tuesday that the individuals had devised means such as rallies, processions and assemblies in public places across the state to foil Abidoun’s inauguration.

“Rallies, processions and assemblies in public places are being orchestrated by these enemies of peace seemingly to resolve chieftaincy and land-related matters rather than approaching the Court to seek justice. All of these are aimed at heating up the State before inauguration,” the statement said.

He also said that security units had been placed on alerts to forestall any of such cases.

“The special units of the Command namely SARS, PMF, STS, Anti kidnapping as well as DPOS and Area Commanders have been placed on red alert with specific instruction to closely monitor these misguided elements and respond swiftly to any distress calls and disturbance of public peace.”

“Consequently, members of public are hereby advised, for the purpose of peace, law and order, to put on hold, for now, any form of public procession, rally or carnival related to chieftaincy and land matters and rather seek alternative dispute resolution methods, or approach the law court for redress.

“In furtherance to this, persons or group intending to hold public assemblies and rallies other than as stated above are advised to contact the office of the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, for necessary approval and security,” he said.