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Bandits plan to invade Ekiti, police warn

Police have raised the alarm over alleged plans by some bandits to invade Ekiti State and wreak havoc on innocent citizens. The police said a veracious intelligence report at their disposal confirmed that the bandits would pose as law-abiding citizens before settling down and starting to launch attacks on their host communities. The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Babatunde Mobayo, urged the citizens to beware of who they harbour as strangers. Mobayo said in a statement by the command that the armed hoodlums had concluded plans to start entering the state in batches and continuing to hatch their insidious plans against the residents of the state.

“It has come to the notice of Ekiti State Police Command through intelligence gathering that some group of persons suspected to be armed hoodlums and criminally minded aliens have concluded their plans to enter Ekiti State in their large number in order to unleash evil, cause havoc and create apprehension.

“Furthermore, intelligencegathering has it that the first set of the armed and criminally minded hoodlums will arrive in the state with the pretence of settling peacefully with their host communities while the other set will come later to launch attacks and cause havoc on innocent populace.

“The command wishes to state that this does not call for panic rather, it is a call for effective and enhanced community policing. “In view of this, the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, implores all and sundry to be security conscious, extremely vigilant and report to the police immediately any suspected person or group of persons arriving, residing or found perambulating their environs.

“The CP also implores all land owners, landlords and agents to be conscious of and know the identities of those they accommodate, let or sell their properties to in order to avoid accommodating or harbouring criminals who may in turn threaten the peace of the society,” the statement said. Mobayo advised the commercial drivers and motorcyclists to be watchful and report to the police any suspected traveller arriving in any part of the state.

“The CP assures the good people of Ekiti State of his determination to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the citizens and implores all to give useful and timely information to the police that could lead to the arrest of suspected criminals through the nearest police station or call the police control room number,” the statement added.

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