The Osun State Police Command has issued a statement advising residents intending to stage a public protest against the escalating prices of commodities to maintain peace and avoid any disruption of law and order.
SP Yemisi Opalola, the spokesperson for the command, conveyed the warning in a statement released in Osogbo and shared with journalists on Thursday.
In the statement, Ms. Opalola disclosed that the police had received intelligence regarding plans for a protest by some individuals concerning the rising cost of goods.
Emphasizing the importance of maintaining order, the police urged prospective demonstrators to formally notify the command of their intentions in writing.
The advisory comes amid growing concerns over the economic challenges faced by many Nigerians, with the prices of essential goods and commodities steadily climbing.
“Intelligence at the disposal of the command reveals that some persons, hiding under the guise of increase in the price of commodities, are planning to embark on a protest in the state.
“In view of this, the command is using this medium to urge individuals or group of persons behind this plot to eschew any act that will bring about a breakdown of law and order in the state.
“It is worthy of note that some criminal elements have perfected plans to hijack the protest and jeopardise the peace in the state.
“Consequently, those nursing the thought of any procession should notify the command in writing to enable the emplacement of adequate security measures that will ward off infiltration by criminal elements.
“The Commissioner of Police, Bzigu Kwazhi, advises the good people of the state to go about their lawful daily activities as the command has taken necessary security measures to forestall any likely breakdown of law and order.”