By Paul Dada
The Lagos State Police Command has in its latest release, vowed again to deal with anyone who joins the Yoruba Nation Rally scheduled to hold on Saturday at Ojota.
The latest threat came in a statement released by Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi.
This came a few hours after Olayomi Koiki, spokesman to leading Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Igboho, vowed that nothing could stop them from holding the rally.
Koiki had said on his Facebook page: “I heard that the commissioner of police said no rally will hold, tell them to expect us. We will know who owns Lagos on Saturday between Yoruba people or Sanwo-Olu or police. We will all meet on Saturday during the rally.
“If everything will be ruined, let it be on Saturday. They have the choice of letting us have our protest peacefully or causing violent. Police should be held responsible for any violence. “Let us take all our grievances to Ojota at 9 am on Saturday,” he said.
But the statement signed by Adejobi said the police and other security agencies on Friday embarked on “Show of Force around Lagos State to confirm their preparedness and commitment to continuous protection of lives and properties of the good people of Lagos State and send a warning signal to the organizers of the said mega rally or any group of persons planning to stage any rally or procession in the state despite the warnings issued during the joint press breifing by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu and the Hon Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State, Mr Gbenga Omotoso on Thursday, 1st July, 2021, at the Press Centre, State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja. ”
The statement said, “the Command and other security agencies, including the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps and Department of State Services have however put measures in place to prevent any act of lawlessness, oppression and intimidation, of any kind, in the state on the said date, 3rd July, 2021 and beyond as Lagos State can not afford to record and experience the violence orchestrated by some individuals during the 2020 Endsars protest that led to massive destruction of lives and properties in the state.
“The command still reiterated its stance that anyone caught participating or facilitating the so-called mega rally in Lagos State will be dealt with within the ambits of the law.”