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Police warns Yoruba Appraisal Forum against Lagos rally

Posted On 15 Jul 2021
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Police warns Yoruba Appraisal Forum against Lagos rally

Hakeem-Odumosu

Lagos State Police Command has warned a non-governmental organisation, Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF) against embarking on another rally slated for today, at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos, by 9 am.

The police warned that the planned rally would be resisted with everything at their disposal.

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, yesterday, said: “As a tradition, the Command has painstakingly carried out threat analysis and

gathered intelligence on the proposed rally, which has been considered ill-timed due to a number of security and health-related dangers it portends on

the State.

“It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government has just announced the

emergence of the Delta Variance of COVID-19 pandemic in the state and increased number of COVID-19 cases recorded, which has forced the

University of Lagos to shut down, while others live in the fear of the new deadly variance. This singular health-related reason is enough to halt the rally, as it will definitely trigger and spread the pandemic in the state.

“In addition, a gathering of such kind at a strategic location of Ojota, in Lagos State, will definitely compound the traffic situation in the state, due to the ongoing road rehabilitation in the area, as well as the upsurge in the movement of people in and out Lagos because of the forthcoming Eid-Kabir. The spillover effects of the heavy traffic on the feeder or adjoining routes to Ojota might open a corridor for miscreants to swiftly attack and rob unsuspecting road users in traffic.

“This must be prevented in order to continually keep the miscreants at bay, to maintain adequate security of lives and properties of the good people

of Lagos State. Based on processed intelligence at the command’s disposal, there is every

possibility that the motorcade/rally will be hijacked by miscreants, which will even be risky to the organisers and the general security of the state. The ugly incident recorded at the Oodua Republic Rally of July 3, 2021, at the same area of Ojota, Lagos State, is still fresh in our memories, let alone the massive destruction of lives and properties experienced during October 2020

#Endsars violent protest in Lagos State.

“In the light of the above, the Command strongly warns against any rally or mass gathering in any part of Lagos State, as such will be tantamount to

jeopardizing the security system of the state at this moment and exposing the participants of the proposed rally and innocent people of Lagos state to avoidable security infractions, traffic problems, health hazards, and other social/economic vices.

The police and other security agencies in the state have been on red alert to prevent any unlawful rally and lawlessness in any part of the state, while parents and guardians are urged to warn their children and wards not to involve themselves in any such activity which may portend danger to the state.”

About the Author
Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies. READ MORE ABOUT AUTHOR 

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