While agitators of the Yoruba Nation threatened to go ahead with the planned mega rally today in Lagos, Nigeria’s former capital against the earlier warning of the Lagos State police command during the week for the group to desist from such activity, the metropolis has been relatively calm.
Meanwhile, the said date for the rally is here and many in the metropolis were worried ahead of any possible crisis due to the planned maga rally for the Oodua Nation.
“Traffic from Command Road to Ojuelegba via Iyana Ipaja is relatively free. The only trouble-looking spot is the Police station at Abesan Gate (Area P) where a fairly large number of Policemen gathered in camouflage uniform,” he said.
Stating further, he said, “The same atmosphere was at Iyana Iyana where a larger number Policemen early Saturday gathered in their camouflage.”
He traveled through the ever-busy Ikorodu road and also stated that, it was a bit tense on the axis known over the decades for pandemonium during demonstrations.
“At Fadeyi, the atmosphere was a bit tense, as miscreants and area boys appeared to be lurking around. Passengers were stranded at various bus stations but generally speaking, the atmosphere in Lagos this morning is relatively peaceful as far as Ipaja Command to Ojuelegba road is concerned.”
Other residents around the metropolis who were earlier worried are now going about their legitimate activities without fear of intimidation or harassment.
At Ogba area of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area, the situation is equally calm as people resumed normal activities early Saturday morning.
In Alimosho area, the situation is peaceful as well and normal activities are ongoing though residents are a bit careful. Residents are however confident since the Lagos State Police Command had displayed a show of force and are in control along the areas that have records of being volatile.
Meanwhile toward the mid-morning, the Yoruba Nation protesters showed up at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, according to commuters’ reports.
The protesters were said to have gathered in their numbers when the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu addressed newsmen.
Agitators lamented the security situation in the country and faulted the raid on Sunday Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Addressing the newsmen, Odumosu agreed that protesters have the right to protest, but it is not the right time to protest due to the destruction that followed the last #EndSARS protests.
The police had earlier said during the week that the memory of the destruction Lagos State suffered during the #EndSARS protests is still very much in the memory of the state and the state would not allow such to repeat itself.
He further said, the police had a responsibility to prevent hoodlums from hijacking the rally and warned the group to steer clear of Lagos.
The Police Commissioner during a joint press briefing with Lagos Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso on Thursday had outlawed the planned rally stating that there are intelligence report revealing plans to hijack the protest.