The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday warned the Yoruba Appraisal Forum to stay clear of Lagos as no rally is allowed to hold in the state on Friday.
A statement issued by the command‘s spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi on Thursday said it has been brought to the knowledge of the command that that a Non-Government Organization, Yoruba Appraisal Forum has concluded
plans to embark on another rally slated for Friday 16th July, 2021, at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos, by 9am.
“As a tradition, the Command has painstakingly carried out threat analysis and gathered intelligence on the proposed rally which has been considered ill-time due to a number of security and health-related dangers it portends on Lagos 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 fears 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,” the police said.
In addition, the command said gathering of such kind at a strategic location of Ojota in Lagos State, would definitely compound the traffic situation in the state due to the ongoing road rehabilitation in the area, as well as the upsurge in movement of people in and out of Lagos because of the forthcoming Eid-Kabir.
The statement added that the spill over effects of the heavy traffic on 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 organizers and the general security of the state.
“The ugly incident recorded at the Oodua Republic Rally of 3rd July, 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 the 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 jeopardising the security system of the state at this moment and expose the
participants of the proposed rally and innocent people of Lagos State to avoidable security infraction, traffic problem, health hazard and other social/economic vices,” the statement said.
The statement added that 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 parent 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.
“It is pertinent to reassure the general public that, in as much as the Nigeria Police is mindful of total respect for people’s rights and dignity, the Command will not tolerate any act capable of causing breakdown of law and order in Lagos State,” it stated.
#EndSARS Memorial: Nigerian youths plan to shutdown Lekki Toll Gate tomorrow
The Nigerian youths have confirmed that the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos will be shut down tomorrow, Wednesday 20.
According to the youths, the #Endsars Memorial Car Procession will be held at the toll gate from 8 am.
The notifier, shared by Nigerian singer Falz, said the procession is “in memory of the lives lost on the 20-10-20.
“We should all endeavour to stay in our vehicles all throughout the procession and also in groups for safety reasons.
“Please be sure to arrive on time so we can proceed in unity together,” the notifier stated.
This plan was also confirmed by Comedian Mr Macaromi, who shared e-fliers of the car procession and the order of programme on his Instagram page.
Meanwhile Falz, on his part, noted that nothing will stop the procession.
“It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes,” Falz stated on Instagram.
However, some youths are also planning a counter-protest titled “Defend Lagos.”
The Defend Lagos group in a trending message said:
“About a year ago, this carnage fell on Lagos State while Lagosians thought it was just going to be a protest. Lagos State was destroyed by End SARS protesters.
“Lagosians are ready to defend Lagos NOW. Never again will Lagos be destroyed.”
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University of Ibadan loses two students in 24 hours
A 200 level student of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oluwaseun Ayomide Adeyemo, yesterday died in a car accident.
The student of the department of Microbiology was involved in a car accident around Mobil filling station, UI Ojoo axis.
She was rushed to the University Health Clinic popularly known as Jaja but efforts to save her life proved abortive as she passed on due to excessive loss of blood.
Her death came barely 24 hours as the university community was mourning the loss of a 400 level student of the department of History, Adebayo Adegoke.
Adegoke was allegedly shot by robbers around Pre-Boye World Shopping Complex in the late hours of 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.
A source, who preferred anonymity said, the deceased, who lived in Independence hall was shot and efforts to save his life proved abortive as he was unable to make it to the hospital.
The students’ union officials were joined by the Dean Students Affairs, Professor A. Abiona, Head of Department of History and some other students’ leaders to visit the Bodija police station in order to ensure proper investigation is carried out on the deaths.
Another building collapses in Lagos
A building collapsed Monday night at No. 97, Lagos Road in the Haruna area of Ikorodu.
The incident occurred around 10pm. Two persons, a male and a female, were confirmed injured.
The victims are currently at the Ikorodu General Hospital receiving treatment.
At least three persons are trapped but no casualty yet, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.
It was gathered that after the structure disintegrated, residents within the area mobilised to carry out initial rescue.
The Fire Service and Police responded on time but could not do much due to unavailability of equipment to lift rubbles.
A rescue operation was ongoing as at press time.
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