Oyo State Commissioner of police has banned all political rallies and campaigns in the state.
The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, read the riot act while speaking with journalists at the state police headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, the state capital.
The police boss said the 2010 Electoral Act as amended stipulates that political party can only engage in political campaigns 90 days before election which must end a day before the election, stating that since there is no election in the state, political parties must not engage in any rally or campaign.
According to him, members of any political party that violate the ban will not only be arrested but be prosecuted by the state police command.
Mbu who was flanked by other senior police officers in the command, maintained that the state police command , will do everything within the law to maintain law and order in the state.
The police boss also added that it has become illegal for those not officially entitled to use siren to use it, insisting that whoever violates the ban will be prosecuted.
Mbu said apart from himself as the Police Commissioner, others permitted to use siren include the state governor, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), the heads of other security agencies in the state and those on essential duty such as hospital ambulance and fire service.
He maintained that it is now illegal for the operatives of the state security service,’ Operation Burst’ among others to use siren, stating that a monitoring team will be set up immediately to enforce the ban on those not entitled to use siren.