The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumoso, has explained why police and other security services were deployed at the venue of the Yoruba Nation Lagos Mega Rally.
Speaking to newsmen at the Gani Fawehimi Park the venue of the mega rally on Saturday, Odumosu said that Lagos state is being security conscious.
The Lagos police boss said: “We are just being security conscious and proactive.
“Recall that on Thursday, I listed reasons why this rally must not hold.
“We learnt that some miscreants have perfected plans to seize the opportunity to cause mayhem in the society.
“Though the organisers of the rally made frantic efforts to say it will go peaceful, you and I know what happened during #EndSARS protests.
“EndSARS started peacefully but up till now, Lagos State has not been able to get out of the destruction that happened during the EndSARS.”
According to him, many police stations were burnt down with officers’ lives lost during the protest of October 2020.
CP Odumosu added that the state won’t allow a repeat of such incident.
Meanwhile, men of the Lagos Police Command on Saturday fired shots at Yoruba Nation agitators who had gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park.
The first batch of the protesters who gathered at the park the venue of the mega rally was successfully dispersed by the police using hot water cannon and teargas canisters.
Newwavereporters.com reported that the protesters later became defiant as they were led back to the ground by Yoruba traditionalist who were dressed in white attire.
The Yoruba nation agitators dared the security operatives by spreading banners and flyers to announce their arrival and presence.
Some of the agitators were seen getting dragged into an armoured tank by policemen.
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