Men of the State Security Service (SSS) in Kogi State have started monitoring preaching in mosques and churches, as part of measures to prevent religious crisis in the state.
The state’s Director of SSS, Mr Mike Fubara told newsmen in Lokoja that the organisation had also been monitoring open air preaching and other religious events in different parts of the state.
Fubara said that it was now mandatory for intending preachers from within and outside the state to undergo screening and get clearance from the SSS before preaching.
He said hotels in the state were now under intense surveillance to prevent unscrupulous elements from using them as hideouts to perpetrate criminal activities.
The SSS boss said banks and corporate organisations operating in the state had been invited to meetings and given specific instructions to beef up security in and around their premises.
He said that similar meetings had also been held with the leadership of transport unions, adding that operation of commercial motorcycles would come under new regulations as soon as the Ramadan fast is over. Fubara added that the cordial working relationship among the security agencies in the state had helped in preventing the spill over of Boko Haram activities into the state.