The Oyo state Police Command has warned residents in the state against the conduct of any political processions or rallies till the official date approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
A statement signed by the Police spokesperson in Oyo state, Adewale Osifeso stated that the order is in consonance with the regulations of the INEC concerning pre-electioneering activities towards the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.
The statement also revealed that as much as citizens are entitled to assemble and gather freely, the force also has an obligation to protect their rights for the interest of public order and morality.
According to the statement, considering the various ongoing constructions, traffic considerations around the metropolis and possible emergence of security threats to others, the Oyo State Police Command have made comprehensive plans of providing security for static assemblage of people, groups and interest at any place or time provided the much-needed clearance for such was sought and approved.
The state police command also advised residents to go about their lawful business without fear of molestation and harassment as the Command continues to monitor activities within the State.