Police ban night vigil in Ikorodu to stop ritualists attacks

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Police have banned night vigil in churches and mosques in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos State, unless adequate security measures are put in place to protect worshippers from ritualists attacks.

Also, a curfew has been imposed between one am and four am in the axis.

The state acting police commissioner, Edgal Imohinmi warned that police will henceforth arrest pastors of any church, where ritualists kill worshippers during night vigils.

The police commissioner, addressing stakeholders at the palace of the Ayangburen of Ikorodu on Saturday night, said that investigations into killings by ritualists in Ikorodu axis, shows that most of them took place in church premises, after pastors left the church.

He urged traditional rulers in the area to mobilise stakeholders to organize night patrol and to make bonfire to ward off ritualists.

He said, “All churches and mosques should not have vigil in isolated locations and pastors leave them to go home and they attack the women and children.

“If you must have night vigils, you must put in place, structures to protect your worshippers. If I hear that anybody is murdered in any church or mosque, I will arrest the pastor or the Imam and charge them to court for murder

“Three-quarter of the cases we have had in Ikorodu is related to relatives of a church member or pastor. They either occurred in the church premises or a building housing a church. We must protect the women and children.”

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