The Kwara State Police Command has implored adherents of the native Isese faith to consider moving their upcoming festival, scheduled for August 20, 2023, to a different location within Nigeria. This suggestion comes in response to the current unfavorable security conditions within the state.
A recent statement signed by SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed that the Police Command has already discussed this issue with the Isese worshipers and recommended a venue change to a more secure state.
The statement clarified, “Through dialogue with vigilantes, local hunters, community policing members, and the leadership of the traditional worshipers in Kwara, as well as their leaders in neighboring states, we have communicated that the intelligence at our disposal suggests the current security situation in the state is not conducive to the planned celebrations. We have therefore advised them to relocate their festivities to another state until the security situation in Kwara improves.”
The statement further announced that the Command is introducing a new strategy, titled ‘Harmony Security Week’, to enhance security and ensure peaceful coexistence among the residents. This initiative includes a 24-hour stop-and-search operation on individuals and vehicles.
The Commissioner of Police Kwara State Command, CP. Ebunoluwarotimi Adelesi psc+, FISN, said, “The officers deployed for this operation have been trained and guided to respect citizens’ rights while performing their duties. The public is urged not to panic but to cooperate during stops and searches. We warn any potential lawbreakers to avoid Kwara State, as anyone posing a security risk will be apprehended and prosecuted.”