Yoruba Nation Rally: Girl Killed by Stray Bullet
Yoruba nation agitators, on Saturday, announced their presence at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos State, as they appeared in cultural regalia synonymous with African traditional religion.
The separatists hold the rally for the secession of the South-West geopolitical zone despite repeated warnings by security operatives.
The agitators led by Professor Banji Akintoye Ilana Oodua group had held similar rallies in other states in the South-West.
There was heavy security presence at Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu said the presence of security operatives at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos, is to ensure the protest is not hijacked by hoodlums.
The Commissioner of Police while addressing journalists at the venue of the planned rally on Saturday said the heavy presence of security operatives is to maintain law and order.
“We are here because we don’t want the rally to be hijacked by hoodlums, we not chasing anybody away.
“We are just being security conscious and proactive.
“We learnt that some miscreants have perfected plans to seize the opportunity to cause mayhem in the society,” he said.
Lagos State Police Command had earlier in a statement on Thursday warned that no rally will be allowed, under whatever guise, in any part of the state.
The Command in the statement warned organizers of the planned Yoruba nation protest to, “stay clear of streets of Lagos for the interest of the State and the general public as anyone caught participating or facilitating the rally will be dealt with within the ambits of the law.”
Lagos State cannot afford to experience any security lapses, breakdown of law and order, and threat to public peace at the moment, considering the negative effects and reoccurring agonies of the October 2020 violent #EndSARS crisis that led to massive destruction of public and private facilities while some Police personnel paid the supreme price.
Meanwhile, a yoghurt seller, identified simply as Jumoke, has been killed by bullets reportedly fired by a security operative dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators at Ojota, Lagos State.
Eyewitness at the scene reports that the bullets had ripped open the victim’s stomach. She is said to be 14 years old.
She was reportedly displaying drinks at a shop when the bullet hit her.
Her body has been covered with a piece of cloth as a crowd gathered at the spot.
The PUNCH had reported that despite the heavy presence of armed policemen and soldiers around the Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, Lagos, agitators of Yoruba Nation had started coming out in their numbers. They were chanting different kinds of freedom songs, including, “No going back,” “We want Oodua Nation,” among others.
So far, the rally is going on peacefully without harassment from security agents. The agitators surfaced around 11.20 am while the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, was addressing journalists.
Some of the agitators who spoke to newsmen said it was time to have a separate nation for the Yoruba ethnic group because they don’t have anything in common with the other ethnic groups in Nigeria.