By: Okosun Dennis
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has banned the protest by unlawful societies, under whatever disguise, from staging rallies or protests within the state on Thursday, 1st October, 2020.
As a result, he has instructed officers and men of the command to disallow any gathering of that nature.
The Police boss who read the riot act Wednesday during a security meeting with the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Department at the conference room, State Headquarters, GRA, Ikeja, used the opportunity to announce the cancellation, by the Lagos State Government of the ceremonial parade to commemorate the Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
CP Odumosu further warned that the command will not allow any gatherings, rallies or protests against the sovereignty of Nigeria in the state.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi reiterated thst CP Hakeem Odumosu similarly warned parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to desist from any rallies, protests or be mobilized to wage war against the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, or else they (parents or guardians) of any youths arrested for such act would be prosecuted.
The Commissioner of Police however apppealed to the general public to be law-abiding, desist from violence and any act that is capable of disrupting the sovereignty of Nigeria.
In same vein, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Department of Information and Communication Technology, DIG Celestine Okoye, addressed the officers at the instance of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, on the need to maintain law and order in the state and repel any force that can disintegrate Nigeria.
DIG Okoye also sounded a note of warning that officers and men of the Command must act within the ambit of the law in every situation.