Oyo State Police Command, on Monday, said that no fewer than five thousand, two hundred and ninety-six (5,296) police officers have been deployed to secure places of worship, recreation facilities and financial institutions.
The command noted that this action became necessary in view of the forthcoming Easter celebrations.
In a statement issued by Olugbenga Fadeyi, Pubic Relations Officer of the command, the command enjoined residents to comply with COVID-19 protocols.
Fadeyi in the statement issued on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, added that effective plans have also been put in place to police all entry and exit points and other parts of the State through aggressive stop and search.
He assured residents that places of worship, recreation centres, financial institutions and other public facilities would be adequately protected.
“The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Ngozi Onadeko psc, mnim, fdc, wishes the Christian community a very blessed Holy week and Happy Easter in commemoration of death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“The CP enjoins all Christian faithfuls to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are adhered to in various places of worship.
“In view of the celebrations, the Command has deployed a total number of Five Thousand Two hundred and Ninety-six (5,296) Police personnel to ensure a hitch free celebration.
“Equally, effective plans have also been emplaced to police all entry and exit points and other parts of the State through aggressive stop and search, effective visibility patrol, and intelligence-led raid of black spots.
“Places of worship, recreation centres, financial institutions and other public facilities will be adequately protected.
“Members of the public are enjoined to cooperate with the Police by giving out credible information, while the Police personnel have been charged to be courteous and civil to members of the public while discharging their duties. In case of any distress, citizens are advised to call the Police Control Room Numbers: 08081768614, 07055495413 and 615 (Toll Free) of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund,” the police said.