The Osun State Police Command on Tuesday warned against any form of protest or unlawful assembly in the state.
According to a statement signed and made available by Yemisi Opalola, the spokesperson of the command, the reason for the command's position is due to the intelligence which it had obtained which revealed clandestine plans by some youths and group of people to embark on demonstration in commemoration of the EndSARS protest scheduled to hold on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
Opalola stated that in view of the available information, the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode has warned individuals and groups that have intentions for such action to put a stop to the plan forthwith.
Opalola insisted that the command will not allow a repeat of last year's EndSARS saga and is fully prepared to use all legitimate means to avert such protest.
In her words, "Consequently, the State Police Command will not tolerate any unlawful protest/gathering or assembly that will jeopardize the peace of the state as the last year's 'End SARS saga protest’ still lingers in the minds of Nigerians especially the Police and other security agencies which caused pain, anguish, needless loss of lives and wanton destruction of public and private property.
"Therefore, the Commissioner of Police has given a marching order to the Area commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Units to be at alert and nip in the bud any act capable of truncating the peace of the state."
She stated that CP Olokode also advised parents and guardians to warn their wards to be law-abiding and also to desist from such planned protest, gathering or assembly as the State Police Command will arrest and prosecute defaulters.
Opalola also stressed that the Commissioner of Police has assured the people of the state that the Command has taken necessary security measures to forestall any likely breakdown of law and order.