Police Disperse Yoruba Nation Protesters, Kill One in Lagos
*It’s Untrue, Says Lagos Police Commands
Yoruba Nation protesters on Saturday defied the presence of security operatives to stage their planned rally in Lagos.
Reports have it that the police and Army operatives had earlier spread across Ojata venue of the rally in the early hours of the day, but the protesters still came out to carry out their rally, leading to a clash.
Security operatives fired teargas canisters into the air, causing confusion among the protesters who dispersed.
Eye witnesses said the police also shot at the protesters.
Residents said a teenage girl was killed at the venue after she was hit by police bullet.
Reports said the girl hit by a stray bullet as she got to the store where she sells drinks.
The rally, which was planned by the Ilano Omo O’dua, had been ordered to be stopped by the police.
When Sunday Igboho, one of the promoters of the rally insisted that it must hold, security operatives stormed his resident on Thursday with a mission to arrest him.
Igboho could not be arrested but a number of his allies were arrested while two others were killed.
The group had held similar rallies in different parts of the South West in peaceful manners.
Re: Alleged Killing of 14 year-old Girl at Oodua Rally in Lagos
Meanwhile, the Lagos State police command has reacted to the alleged killing in a statement Thus:
“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a news making rounds that a 14 year-old girl was hit and killed by police bullet today 3rd July, 2021 at the venue of the Oodua Republic Mega Rally in Ojota, Lagos.
“The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state categorically that it’s a calculated attempt to create confusion and fears in the minds of the good people of Lagos State and the country at large.
“The Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally today. The said corpse was found wrapped and abandoned at a distance, far from Ojota venue of the rally, behind MRS Filling Station, inward Maryland, on the other side of the venue, with dried blood stains suggesting that the corpse is not fresh. After a close look at the corpse, a wound suspectedly sustained from a sharp object was seen on it.
The news is false and mischievous. The Command therefore urges the general public to disregard the news and go about their lawful normal daily activities while investigation to unravel the incident will commence immediately. The Commissioner of Police,Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, therefore commiserates with the family of the found deceased and assures that thorough investigation will be carried out.The Command equally wishes to warn against the spread or peddling of fake and unconfirmed stories as such could be dangerous and counterproductive.
CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI (mnipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE COMMAND
DATED 3RD JULY, 2021.
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