The Benue state command of the Nigeria Police has warned worship centers as well as owners of event centers against opening their premises during the Sallah period.

This is even as the State Task Force on COVID-19 and security personnel in the state went out to enforce the directive by Governor Samuel Ortom that all worship places and other public places should remain shut until further notice.

Daily Independent came across the team at the St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Shachi, Agbadu where they chased out worshippers from the Church as part of efforts to enforce the directive of the state government.

Even as the enforcement was being carried out, the State Governor, Samuel Ortom has advised Muslims in the state to imbibe the virtues of Prophet Mohammed SAW.

The Governor who felicitated with Muslims for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, admonished them “to promote the values of piety, tolerance, peaceful coexistence and justice, as Prophet Muhammad exemplified.”

In the statement signed by Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Ortom and issued to newsmen in Makurdi on Sunday, the governor appreciated prayers made by the Muslim community as well as other religious groups in the state whenever the state was confronted with challenges

While the Governor wished Muslims in the state a peaceful and memorable Eid-el-Fitr celebration, he implored Muslims in the state to continue to observe COVID-19 protocols to prevent the spread of the disease, as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitri.


He advised the Muslim faithful and the Benue people as a whole to adhere to preventive measures such as social distancing, wearing of face masks, the use of alcohol based sanitizers and hand washing with soap during the festive period.

He also commended the people of the state for the level of compliance with measures taken by his administration to curb the virus.

Meanwhile, the state command of the Nigeria Police has warned worship places as well as owners of event centers against re-opening of their premises during the Sallah period.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Sewuese Anene, the state commissioner of police, Mukaddas Garba ordered the deployment of men of the command across the state, to ensure a peaceful celebration of the Eid-el-Fitir.

Anene said, “To this end, Police Officers have been deployed to provide security on streets and all entry and exit points within the state during Eid-el-Fitri celebration.”

“The CP warns religious bodies and owners of event centres against opening of worship centres and other public places.”

The Police also stressed that “the command is committed to enforce provisions that are made to secure lives and property.”

The state command which called on the people of Benue to be law abiding and report suspicious activities to the Police, also advised members of the public to be security conscious, familiar with their environment and not accept rides offered by strangers.

Even as the command enjoined the people to employ all available security measures to stay safe, it urged the public to call these phone numbers: 0806-600-6475, 08057493117, in the event of an emergency.

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