CP Odumosu: No Yoruba Nation Rally Will Be Allowed In Lagos State.

CP Odumosu: No Yoruba Nation Rally Will Be Allowed In Lagos State.

Sunday Adeyemi, also known as Sunday Igboho, has been warned by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, against holding any protest in the state.

Igboho has announced plans to hold a rally in Lagos to educate locals about the need of supporting the Yoruba nation's desire for actualization. The event was scheduled for Saturday, July 3 at Gani Fawehimi Freedom Park in Ojota and other locations across the state.

During a press conference on Thursday, July 1, the police chief announced that the command would not let any protest to take place in order to avoid a repeat of last year's hijacked EndSARS protest, which ended in a total breakdown of law and order.

In his words

“ Lagos State cannot afford to experience any security lapses, breakdown of law and order and threat to public peace at the moment, considering the negative effects and reoccurring agonies of the October 2020 violent #Endsars crisis that led to massive destruction of public and private facilities, while some Police personnel paid the supreme price. This is in addition to many Police stations, barracks and officers’ personal properties that were set ablaze during this period.

The Command is still going through those harrowing experiences. It will not be cajoled by the so-called organizers that the rally will be peaceful. That was the same slogan adopted by the organizers of the #Endsars protest that eventually snowballed into crises with attendant massive destruction of lives and properties. The Police will not submit to their antics”.

According to the police chief, information received shows that one Elewe-omo, a transport union leader in Ibadan, Oyo State, had finalized a plan.

“to attack organizers of the rally as a reappraisal attack on the death of one of his followers allegedly killed by one Sunday Igboho’s group during a similar rally organized in Ibadan, Oyo State sometimes ago”. 

He stated that certain disgruntled individuals had devised plans to infiltrate the ranks of the protesters in order to take advantage of the chance to attack and loot Lagosians' property.

''The command still reaffirms that on no account will any actual or rumoured activities including the said planned mega rally be allowed to lock down the state or hinder normal daily activities of the good people of Lagos State.  The effect of this, if allowed to come to fruition, is better known than imagined on the security, traffic and economic activities of a cosmopolitan state, like Lagos.

It has also come to the knowledge of the command that the rally arranged to take place at the Gani Fawehimi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos, has been planned by some other yet-to-be-identified groups to simultaneously take place in LekKi Toll Gate, Ikoyi, Iyana-Ipaja, Ikeja, Surulere, Ikorodu and other areas.

This, if allowed, could be a fatal ground to anarchy. The cumulative effect of all these poses a  threat to law and order in the State. The Command will not fold its hands and allow disgruntled elements to truncate the peace being enjoyed in the state”.

Igboho, on the other hand, has canceled the rally in Lagos. After DSS officials stormed his Ibadan residence, he announced his decision.

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