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Police Tighten Security In Osogbo To Prevent Hoodlums From Hijacking Rally

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Sunday Ighoho during the Yoruba Nation rally in Osogbo on Saturday

 

The Osun Police Command said it tighten security in Osogbo, Osun, to prevent breakdown of law and order, as Yoruba Nation agitators hold a peaceful rally in Osogbo.

This is even as reports said that Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, on Saturday, joined other agitators at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to demand Yoruba Nation.

Osun Police Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, on Saturday, said the agitators, under the group ‘Omo Oduduwa United’, has informed the police of their rally beforehand.

Opalola said the law is not against holding a peaceful rally, and the state commissioner of police, Olawale Olokode, has directed that protection and security be provided for the rally to prevent hoodlums from highjacking it.

She said the command has put adequate security measures in place to prevent any form of breakdown of law and order and that police officers are with, and monitoring the rally.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that hundreds of youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United, converged in Osogbo on Saturday, marching through the streets in agitation for a Yoruba Nation.

It was reported that the youths were prevented from converging at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park for their rally by armed security officers, which forced them to reconvene under the November 27 bridge, around NECO office, Africa Area, Osogbo

Igboho, who spoke at the venue of the mega rally, also demanded the release of operatives of the Oodua Peoples Congress who were detained for arresting notorious Fulani herder, Iskilu Wakili, in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

The venue of the rally was heavy with the presence of operatives of the Nigeria Police Force as well as men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Also sighted at the venue were men of Amotekun corps, who were positioned at a strategic spot, apparently to prevent participants from accessing the venue.
-NAN/Punch

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