About 24 hours after he announced that he would not participate in the Yoruba Nation mega rally scheduled for Saturday, July 3, 2021, agitator Sunday Igboho has made a volte-face, saying the peaceful rally would hold and he would participate in it.
Igboho had, consequent upon the bloody raid on his Soka, Ibadan house, in the early hours of Thursday, by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, cancelled his participation in the rally.
His announcement coincided with that by the Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who placed a blanket ban on all forms of rallies in Lagos on July 3, with a stern warning to Igboho and other agitators not to stage any rally in Lagos.
Odumosu had said the police would not take chances or allowed the scenario of the #EndSARS protests to repeat itself.
He stated that anyone caught participating or facilitating the rally would be dealt with according to the law.
When the public thought that the matter had been resolved without much ado, Igboho’s spokesperson, Olayomi Koiki, announced on Friday, that the rally would go as planned at Ojota.
He said, in a live video on Facebook, that Igboho would be back stronger for the rally.
He said: “I can still confirm officially that the Lagos rally in as much as whatever news or rumours you’ve been listening to from different outlets, will go as planned
“The 3rd of July Mega rally will go as planned. All arrangements for the rally has been planned and nothing has changed.
“I have spoken to the organisers, nothing has changed so far. 3rd of July from exactly 9:00 am in the morning. The whole arrangement and planning is going on.
“I’ve spoken with the General Secretary of Ilana Omo Odua, George Akinola, and also in the early hours before noon, I spoke with Banji Akintoye and he is working tirelessly for the release of those taken away.
“The rally in Lagos is going to be a peaceful rally, it is going to be a mega rally, do not be disturbed about what happened. So many development took place at Igboho’s house.
“We might get a form of a video from Igboho about the Lagos rally, which might be released, we’ll be deciding that in the next 24 hours.”
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