The Kogi State Police Command has warned Islamic leaders against breach of public peace during the coming Friday and Eid-el-Fitri prayers.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ede Ayuba, issued the warning during a peace meeting he held with the religious leaders in Lokoja on Tuesday.
The spokesman for the police command, DSP William Aya, in a statement, told the leaders that anyone caught violating the orders will be dealt with.
He warned the leaders to maintain status quo and talk to their followers to shun any form of violence within the Central Mosque and Okene town generally.
Ayuba advised the leaders to report themselves to the nearest police station or risk being arrested for inciting violence in case of any crisis.
Also present at the peace meeting were the state Director of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Oluwatosin Ajayi; Commander, Army Records, Maj.-Gen. O. O. Soleye; and Commander, NNS Lugard, Cdr. A. A. Adesanya.
At the end of the meeting, the leaders of the Tijaniya and Ansarul Islam sects assured the police of peace before, during and after the prayers.
They also promised to maintain status quo as ordered by the state government, pending the selection of a new Chief Imam.
The leaders of the sects at the meeting were, Sheikh Lukman Musa, Galadima of Ansarul Islam; Sheikh Salihu Abere, Tijaniya; Alhaji Abdulateef Ibrahim, Tijaniya; and Alhaji Salihu Momoh, Sunni.
Others included Alhaji Salihu Ibrahim Oricha, Sunni; Alhaji Nuhu Ogirima, Ansarul Islam; Malam Bello Hussein, Sunni; Alhaji Adam Abere, Tijaniya; and Alhaji Danfulani Abdullahi of the Tijaniya sect.
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