By Newsie Events Media:
Ilana Omo Oodua, the Umbrella body of Yoruba Slef-Determination groups has insisted that the pro-Yoruba Nation’s rally earlier scheduled to hold in Lagos State on Saturday will still go on as planned.
According to the leader of the group, the
renowned Historian and Second Republic Member of the Nigerian Senate, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, who made this known in a statement on Friday, released to newsmen by the group’s spokesperson, Mr Maxwell Adeleye, titled, “Yoruba Nation’s Rally To Hold Tomorrow in Lagos – Ilana Omo Oodua … Writes Sanwoolu, Odumosu, Says “It is the duty of Police to ensure the rally is not hijacked by hoodlums”.
However, the Lagos state commissioner of police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had earlier on Thursday, warned at a media briefing held in Alausa, Ikeja, that no rally is allowed in the state on Saturday.
“On no account will any actual or rumoured activity, including the planned mega rally, be allowed to lock down the state or hinder the normal daily activities of the good people of Lagos State, the Commissioner of Police”
Meanwhile, the Yoruba self-determination group said it had written a letter to the Odumosu, and copied the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, to assure them that the rally will be “peaceful, orderly and not hijacked by hoodlums as earlier insinuated by Police”.
Part of the statement read, “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.
“We have been peaceful, orderly and lawful at everywhere we have visited, therefore, we call on the Lagos State Police Command to ensure that the rally is not hijacked by hoodlums.
“We are happy that the Police already know that hoodlums are likely to hijack the rally. Now, we call on the police to ensure such does not happen like it didn’t happen in Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Ogun States respectively where we’ve held our rallies.
“It is the duty of the Police to safeguard our peaceful demonstration and protect us. On our own part, we promise to cooperate with the police towards ensuring that the rally is peaceful and orderly.”
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