The youths and other Yoruba separatists under the leadership of Prof. Banji Akintoye and Sunday Igboho whose house was destroyed and two people killed on July 1, 2021 have vowed to go ahead with their planned peaceful rally in Lagos on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 9.00 a.m. against police warnings.
”The 3rd of July Mega rally will go as planned. All arrangements for the rally have been planned and nothing has changed.
“I have spoken to the organisers, nothing has changed so far. 3rd of July from exactly 9:00 am in the morning. The whole arrangement and planning is going on.
“I’ve spoken with the General Secretary of Ilana Omo Odua, George Akinola, and also in the early hours before noon, I spoke with Banji Akintoye and he is working tirelessly for the release of those taken away.
“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.”
In a separate letter to the Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu, General Secretary and Legal Adviser of IOO, Arc. George Akinola and Barr. Olasupo Ojo respectively, urged the Lagos State Police Command to ensure that the rally is peaceful, orderly and not hijacked by hoodlums as earlier insinuated by the police.
The group is headed by History professor and Second Republic Senator Banji Akintoye.
Police threaten showdown with Oodua agitators
The police threatened for the umpteenth time they would not allow any gathering, procession or rally by the agitators in Lagos.
Addressing a security gathering comprising operatives of the police, Department of State Security (DSS) and Federal Road Safety Commission at the command headquarters said they were prepared for the agitators.
He said security agents in the state were embarking on a show-of-force as a warning to the organisers of the rally or any group of persons planning to stage any rally or procession in the state in defiance of warnings.
He said: “The command and other security agencies, including the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), FRSC and DSS have 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 cannot 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.