Imo State Police command has banned all forms of gatherings and assemblies in the state.
The ban came on a release signed by the State Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP IKEOKWU GODSON ORLANDO.
The release mentioned community gathering and other related events, but did not mention religious gatherings as some churches prepare to hold service this Sunday amidst directive for everyone to enforce social distancing across the country.
See full release
IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND BULLETIN
BAN ON ALL KINDS OF GATHERING AND ASSEMBLY IN IMO STATE
It has come to the notice of the command that some towns/villages/communities still intend holding meetings despite warnings and directives of the federal and state governments on social distancing and restrictions.
The command therefore wishes to inform the general public that all form of gathering anywhere within Imo State remains banned while all social gatherings social gatherings, assemblies, meetings etc, be suspended until normalcy is restored.
The command also warns all citizens to remain indoors and avoid unnecessary movement/visits.
Furthermore, visit to the state police headquarters or any other police formation is hereby suspended except on invitation and extreme circumstance as visitors are temporarily not allowed in all Police facilities within the state.
Similarly, the command is also aware that the state government has directed the shutdown of all markets by Friday 26/3/2020 and therefore advise the citizenry to adhere to the instruction for the good of all and sundry as ‘prevention they say, is better than cure’, on our own part we shall ensure total enforcement of directives to the letter.
Finally, we urge all and sundry to stay at home and be safe, for together we shall pull through this difficult and unpleasant heath challenge.
We remain in the business of providing safety and security to all even in the wake of the COVID-19 scourge.
SP IKEOKWU GODSON ORLANDOPOLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERFOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICEIMO STATE