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Police ban ‘7/7 cult celebration’ in Anambra, warn bars, hotels, others

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The Police Command in Anambra State has declared as illegal the proposed 7/7 cult day celebration slated to take place in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Sunday.

The Police Command also warned hoteliers and proprietors of bars and event/recreation centres to be cautious about such events and their likes in their facilities as there will be consequences if found wanton.

In a statement on Saturday, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the spokesman for the state police command, insisted that such events or any other related activities remain banned and the public should take note.

He said the police should not hesitate to invoke relevant laws, especially the newly-signed anti-cultism law of the state, on any person caught in cult/related activities or any act capable of undermining security in the state.

As a result, he said criminal elements and other members of the public should desist from anything capable of jeopardising the peace and tranquillity in the state.

He added that the Police and other security agencies in the State remained resolute, committed, and dedicated to making the state safer and secure at all times.

The statement reads: “Following the information received over time of a group of criminally minded individuals, especially under the guise of the cult day planned celebration tomorrow, July 7, 2024, an unholy event characterised by violence and bloodshed, the police command has advised such persons or groups to desist forthwith as the Police are saddled with the constitutional responsibilities of protecting lives and properties.

“The command will not allow such disgruntled elements to reverse several gains made by the security agencies on tackling cult-related incidents and shall deal decisively with anyone found wanting in this regard.

“However, the command reiterates that such event or any other related activities remains banned and shall not hesitate to invoke relevant laws, especially the newly signed Anti-Cultism law of the State, on anyone caught in cult/related activities or any act capable of undermining security in the State.

“To this end, the Command warns hoteliers and proprietors of bars and event/recreation centres to be cautious about such gatherings and their likes in their facilities as there will be consequences if found wanting.

“Also, parents and guardians are advised to warn their wards to be law-abiding and desist from any act that could cause a breach of peace in the State.”

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