Enugu - The police command in Enugu State has cautioned the people against the activities of hoodlums who use masquerades to molest innocent citizens in the state.
The police gave the warning in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, in Enugu on Tuesday.
The statement said that the force would not fold its hands and watch innocent citizens pass through pains in the hands of individuals or groups of persons in the name of masquerades.
"The attention of the police has been drawn to the unwholesome activities of some suspected hoodlums who hide under the guise of masquerades to attack and unleash mayhem and at times rob unsuspecting citizens of their valuables.
"The command, in this regard, wishes to make it clear that in as much as it will not interfere in the traditional activities of communities in the state such as masquerading, it will not fold its arms and watch innocent and good people of the state being molested.
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"In view of the foregoing, the command further wishes to warn all those in this habit to desist from such unwholesome acts by sticking to the tenets of the law while engaging in traditional activities," it said.
The statement warned that anyone or group of persons caught in the act would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
It urged the people, especially those in the rural areas, to go about their normal duties as efforts were being made to stop the act.
Some masquerades were arrested last month for allegedly robbing some innocent citizens at Ovoko, Igboeze South local government.
In another development, the command has reminded the residents of the state, particularly those desirous of enlisting into the Nigeria Police Force, that recruitment into the force had not commenced.
It warned them to beware of online fraudsters who might take advantage of the recruitment plans to defraud them.