The Oyo state Police Command on Friday warned against conducting any political processions or rallies before the official commencement of the designated and approved period for political campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Command in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, CP Adebowale Williams, stated that the warning “is in the interest of public order and safety.”
According to the statement, the Command has put in place comprehensive plans of providing security for static assemblage of people, groups and interest at any place or time provided the much -needed clearance for such was sought and approved.
It stressed that already, CP Adebowale Williams “has directed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and all tactical commanders to personally lead confidence building patrols across the length and breadth of the state to include but not limited to critical infrastructures, media houses, religious centres, recreational centres and other public spaces with a view to maintaining law and order in this regard.”
“In consonance with the regulations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) concerning pre-electioneering activities towards the forthcoming 2023 General Elections, the Oyo State Police Command wishes to categorically advice members of the public against the conduct of any political processions or rallies till the official commencement of the designated and approved period for Political Campaigns by INEC in the interest of Public Order and Safety,” the statement read in part.