By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
THE Ogun State command of the Nigeria Police Force has agreed to deploy over 5,000 policemen to complete the efforts of a detachment of Federal Road Safety Corps members as well as officers and men of the Nigeria’s Security and Civil Defence Corps to provide needed security as the Redeemed Christian Church of God begins its annual convention today.
A source close to the church told Vanguard last night that participants who are coming for any of the programmes only need to obey instructions of the officers, some of whom will be drawn fron Lagos State.
According to the source, the church on its own has mobi-lised thousands of its workers to maintain law and order in and around the Camp as well as the Lagos-Ibadan Express-way throughout the period of the convention, noting that the Ogun State Command had already established a division in the fast growing city.
Asked if the facilities in the Camp would be enough to cater for the needs of huge number of persons expected during the programme, the source said between last year and today, the church had built several additional facilities for the comfort of participants.
For instance, three additional water stations have been established in the last one year, toilets and more facilities have been put in place, “but honestly, with the rate of expansion in the church, there is no way we can provide adequate facilities.”
The source also assured motorists of the safety of their ve-hicles because the church has provided between 12 and 13 car parks in and around the Camp. Seven of the car parks can accommodate a minimum of 20,000 cars each and they are manned by the competent security operatives.
“Despite these efforts by the church, as at Thursday during the Ministers’ Conference, accommodation problem had started rearing its head. Therefore, I enjoin all those who want to attend the programme to come early to avoid last minute desperation to enter the Cmp,” the source told our reporter.
Also speaking on facilities in the camp, the Camp manager, Pastor A. F. Elufowoju said everything is set for a smooth take-off of the convention, noting that the church generates its electricity. “New things have been put in place since last year’s convention,” he stated.