Enugu – The police in Enugu on Monday warned masquerades to desist from irregularities in the name of festivals or social activities.
The spokesman of the Enugu State Command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the police would not entertain irregularities and intimidation of members of the public by masquerades and their organisers.
“We do not want to have a case where masquerades are used for robbery or intimidation of the public for any reason.
“You wear masquerades to make social activities colourful and to make the people happy, so, it should not be used for any negative act.
“They should always be law-abiding because the law will not consider you when you commit crime under the umbrella of masquerade,” he said.
Amaraizu said that the police were investigating the alleged robbery of N70,000 from a man by masquerades on Aug. 22 at Ovoko in Igboeze South LGA.
He said that the two masquerades that allegedly robbed people to the tune of N70,000 and other valuables were helping the police in their investigations.
Amaraizu warned organisers of masquerades that ignorant of the law was no excuse, saying they needed to be law-abiding in all they did.
“You should be law-abiding and respect the tenets of your culture before, during and after the the masquerading as well as during social activities,’’ Amaraizu warned. (NAN)