The Oyo State State Police Command, on Tuesday said it will embark on routine visits and patrols to check the level of compliance at all levels with the state government’s directives on gatherings due to outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), SP. Olugbenga Fadeyi, said the Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, “reiterates that the threat of COVID-19 on the societal cohesion is real and therefore, wishes to appeal to all members of the public for all hands to be on deck and act in accordance with the directives, advise and instructions of both the Police leadership i.e Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni and the political leadership in Oyo State i.e the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde.”
According to Fadeyi: “We are all aware of the seriousness of the current developments on all aspects of human endeavour, particularly the social-economic lifestyles of our people. Hence, the advice on the closure of certain economic, religious, social and educational institutions needs to be obeyed without waiting for an unnecessary use of force or promptings from any security agencies. This will engender the necessary harmony to be able to collectively face the impending pandemic of Coronavirus that is not a respecter of any individual, social status, office or homes.
“Consequently, the security agencies will be embarking on routine visits and patrols to check the level of compliance at all levels as advised.”
The PPRO enjoined people to desist from spreading damaging rumours, or posting unfounded stories and outright “tissues of lies” on social media to prevent panic and disorder.
“We are all enjoined to co-operate with the government in our collective efforts to defeat the present Coronavirus outbreak in our environment, ” Fadeyi added.