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Following the incessant kidnapping in many parts of Ogun state , the Police command has cautioned religious bodies from holding special prayers in forest .
The Police expressed concerns over the failure of some religious centres to follow its advice against holding prayers session in forest .
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi said this this in a statement on Sunday .
Oyeyemi in the statement read “the Ogun state police command has observed with great concern that, despite series of warnings and security tips from the command.
“Some members of public are still in the habit of organising prayer sessions in the forest, thereby making themselves an easy prey for kidnappers.
“In as much as the command is not oblivious of right to freedom of religion, it is worth of note that the present security situation in the country does not favorably disposed to organizing prayer sessions in an isolated places.
“The command is working assiduously to get rid of the criminal elements who have taken kidnapping as business, and pending when they will be satisfactorily eliminated, the general public should desist from creating opportunities for them to operate.
“Security should be seen as everybody’s business and we should all play our part in securing ourselves and our property. After all the scripture even enjoined us to watch and pray.
“However, 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.”
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