The Ogun State Police Command has warned those acting for the Yoruba nation not to go ahead with a mass rally that was reportedly scheduled for May 1 in Abeokuta.
The command said that “the information available shows that the organizers of these rallies are sponsored by certain people outside the state and the country to destabilize the state of Ogun.”
In a statement by police spokesperson in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Thursday, police revealed they were troubled by the activities of the Oduduwa nation’s agitators, staging a series of public rallies in different parts of the country. ‘Ogun, “thus causing severe panic in the minds of the people, and do not give up yet. “
While recognizing that citizens have constitutional rights to freedom of association and expression, the police warned that these rights should not be exercised to the detriment of other citizens.
Returning to the past, Oyeyemi recalled that “the group had organized on 3/21/2021 a public rally in Isara Remo for the updating of the Republic of Oduduwa, where it blocked the highways and made free movement very difficult for other road users. . The same group organized another rally in Shagamu on 4/16/2021 where they attempted to attack Shagamu Police Station for no reason. However, on 4/25/2021, they staged another rally in Ajuwon, where, by preventing them from handing out letters of incitement, police and other security personnel were taunted and bombarded with missiles.
As the group plans a mega rally in Abeokuta, Oyeyemi has warned the general public that it could be hijacked by thugs.
“We have shown restraint and absolute calm even in the face of extreme provocations from the rally organizers and their cohorts.
“However, it is important to note that the police will not constantly stand by and monitor the public behavior of some citizens by forcing others to ransom and threatening the existence of businesses in the country. The Command is particularly concerned that if we are not careful, the pain and anguish that similar unrest and gatherings are currently causing in parts of the country may be repeated in our very peaceful state of Ogun. .
“The Command therefore wishes to appeal to the leaders of this group to give up the idea of holding another public gathering in any part of the state for the time being, as such is likely to undermine the relative peace enjoyed by the entire state.
“Therefore, the rally scheduled for Abeokuta on May 1, 2021 is considered by the Command to be one too many gatherings in the state, and therefore not approved. Parents and guardians are advised to warn their children and wards not to be involved in such a gathering which could expose them to violence and therefore put them on a collision course with security agencies.
“The understanding and cooperation of all good people in Ogun State, including the organizers of the rallies, is sought by the Command and will be greatly appreciated, please.”