The Ogun State Police Command has commenced raids of bars across the state after it ordered all drinking joints to stop operations from 10.00 p.m.
The police said it gave the order as a way to check crime in the state.
Similarly, the Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, warned commercial motorcyclists, popularly called okada riders, to end their daily operations by 9.00 p.m. saying many of the crimes committed are linked to them.
The command last Tuesday paraded 126 suspected cult members arrested in connection with a cult war which occurred in Elega and Ago-Odo areas of Abeokuta. The cult war resulted in the murder of three persons; while houses and vehicles were set ablaze by the warring cultists.
The Commissioner of Police also declared that all night clubs should close by midnight in the state.
He warned that anyone who breached the orders risked being arrested for breaching the security laws of the state.
“Again, we want to tell the owners of beer parlours that they must close their shops by 10 p.m. They must respect the Liquor Act,” he said indicating the directives were just an implementation of contents of a law made by the state government.
“Night club operators must shut their doors by 12 midnight and commercial motorcyclists must also stop business by 8.30 p.m. These criminals use motorcycles (Okada) to perpetrate their nefarious act,” he stated.