Security operatives surround Yoruba Nation rally venue

By AdvocateNews on 03/07/2021

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Security operatives have been mobilized to the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos, the planned venue of the Yoruba nation rally.

Men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps are stationed at the Park. It was also gathered that men of the Department of State Services are among the joint security forces who are at the venue with scores of patrol vans, heavy anti-riot gun trucks and Black Marias.

The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, was also seen with his men at the venue. The police operatives had on Friday embarked on a show of force in the state to warn agitators against any form of rally slated to hold in Lagos.

Following Thursday raid of the house of Yoruba rights activist Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho by the Department of State Services, the activist, who has been declared wanted by the secret police for allegedly stockpiling arms, had suspended the Lagos rally.

However, the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, led by Second Republic Senator, Banji Akintoye, had said there was no going back, adding that “It is the duty of Police to ensure the rally is not hijacked by hoodlums”.

“Our rally scheduled to hold on Saturday will still hold without any fear or intimidation and we promise to be peaceful like we have always been,” the Akintoye-led body wrote in a letter to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu; and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Posted 03/07/2021 11:00:02 AM

 

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