The Ogun state police command has warned members of the public to desist from holding prayer sessions in the forest so as to avoid being kidnapped.
The command expressed concern that, despite series of warnings and security tips, some members of the public still organise prayer sessions in the forest.
This, it was said, had made them easy preys for kidnappers hibernating in those forests.
According to a statement signed by the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the warning was important even though it recognizes individual’s right to freedom of religion. It reads in part:
“It is worthy of note that the present security situation in the country does not favour organizing prayer sessions in isolated places.”
The police spokesman said that the command was working to get rid of kidnappers. However, in the meantime, Oyeyemi urged the general public to “desist from creating opportunities for them to operate.”
He encouraged members of the public to play their part in protecting themselves, adding:
“After all, the scripture even enjoined us to watch and pray. If there is any compelling reason to embark on such prayer sessions, the organizers should report to the nearest police station for advice and possible security patrol of the area.”