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Lagos Police, Security Agencies Begin ‘Show Of Force’ Over Planned Yoruba Nation Rally

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The police in Lagos State have launched a show of force to demonstrate that they are prepared to fight Yoruba agitator Sunday Igboho and his associates.

The attack on the Ibadan residence of Igboho by Nigerian forces, as well as the scheduled Yoruba Nation protest on Saturday, have heightened tensions in some parts of the state.

Despite the police ban, secessionist organizations have pledged to go ahead with the event.

Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), a body of self-determination, Yoruba groups, and co-organisers, told NEWS DIRECT that the event will go on as planned.

Security personnel have been deployed in greater numbers at the location, Gani Fawehimi Freedom Park in Ojota.

According to the findings of NEWS DIRECT, a cross-section of residents from the South-West are speaking out in support of the rally and providing tactical support.

They are Yorubas who believe the region may be an independent state and compete on a global scale.

The federal government and Lagos authorities, on the other hand, are opposed to the march, claiming that it will incite violence.

Officials and police say Lagos cannot afford another round of violence like the one that erupted during Nigeria’s EndSARS protests.

Hundreds of personnel and assets, including motorcycles, heavy trucks, and Armoured Personnel Carrier vehicles, were deployed by the police on Friday.

Muyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer, described the protest as a “warning signal to anybody or any group of folks preparing to hold any parade or stir unrest in Lagos.”

Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu warned on Thursday that anyone caught taking part in the Yoruba Nation demonstration will face charges.

Two proponents of the Yoruba secession movement stated that people will turn out on Saturday in response to the recent development.

“You only get one chance to live. In local dialect, one of them, a trader, stated, “I will travel to Ojota tomorrow to add my voice to the calls for Nigeria to allow the Yoruba people to go.”

Opeyemi Damilare aka Mario is a writer who loves to share and inform the masses with contents relating to their beliefs, lifestyle and entertainment. Studying Computer Science at Tai Solarin University of Education. Whenever I’m not writing, I play the drums or read.

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