Osun State has beefed up security around and within worship centres to prevent a similar occurrence.

It was gathered that the leadership of churches in the state, following a meeting of the Osun State Executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) last week, have taken into consideration ten security measures.

The measures include; the setting up of a security committee, which may comprise government security personnel, disallowing baggage in the church auditorium, erection of metal doors, proper scrutiny of newcomers, installation of CCTV cameras around the church, usage of hand-held scanners by the church security personnel, and ensuring well-illumination around the church premises among others.

Some churches witnessed a low turnout of worshippers due to panic.

At Winner Chapel, the church created two additional exits in the auditorium. Bags were not allowed into the church. Only bible and notepad were allowed.

The Commandant of Amotekun, Gen. Bashir Adewinbi (retd.), disclosed that the outfit is on red alert to prevent crime.

He said: “We have deployed our men to churches in all local government areas of Osun State. We have spoken with churches to alert us when they see strangers coming to the church, they must not see that a new worshipper has come in but they must ensure they know them. They can give us their information so that we can monitor such worshippers for them.”

The Chairman of Osun State CAN, Bishop Amos Ogunrinde, said: “We have issued guidelines to our members across the state. We are conducting regular sensitisation for members on security issues and also seeking cooperation with security agencies by reporting any security challenges to them.”

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