Police prohibit ‘7/7 cult celebration’ in Anambra, issue warning to hotels, bars, and other establishments

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The Anambra State Police Command has declared the proposed 7/7 cult day celebration, scheduled for Sunday in Awka, the state capital, as illegal.

In a statement on Saturday, the Command’s spokesman, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, emphasized that such events, along with any related activities, are strictly prohibited. He warned hoteliers, bar owners, and operators of event and recreation centers to be vigilant about hosting such gatherings, cautioning that there will be severe consequences for those who do not comply.

Ikenga stated that the police will not hesitate to enforce relevant laws, particularly the newly-signed anti-cultism law, against anyone found participating in cult-related activities or any actions that could threaten the security of the state.

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“The police will take strict action against criminal elements and any members of the public who engage in activities that could jeopardize the peace and tranquility of the state,” Ikenga added.

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The statement also highlighted the commitment of the police and other security agencies to maintaining safety and security in Anambra State.

The statement read, “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.

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“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 remain 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.

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“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.

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“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.”

The Anambra State Police Command’s firm stance underscores their dedication to preserving law and order, and ensuring the continued safety of all residents.

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