To avoid being kidnapped, police in Ogun cautioned the public against holding prayers late at night, especially in the wooded areas.
In a statement made accessible to journalists in Ota, Ogun State, police spokesperson DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi issued the caution.
Despite a series of warnings and security recommendations from the Ogun State Police Command, certain members of the public continue to organize prayers in the bush, making themselves easy prey for kidnappers, according to Oyeyemi.
However, inasmuch as the Command is not oblivious of right to freedom of religion, it is worthy of note that the present security situation in the country does not favorably dispose anyone to organising prayer sessions in isolated places,” the PPRO said
He urged the people to avoid providing possibilities for kidnappers to operate, saying that the Command was working hard to eliminate criminals who had turned abduction into a business.
Security should be viewed as everyone’s business, according to Oyeyemi, and “we should all do our role in safeguarding ourselves and our property,” adding that “after all, the scriptures even encouraged us to watch and pray.”
However, if there is any compelling reason to embark on such prayer sessions, the organisers should report to the nearest Police station for advice and possible security patrol of the area,” he added