Following the proposed Thursday rally in parts of Lagos by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Lagos State chapter of All People’s Congress (APC) had yesterday, warned against any plan by any group or any umbrella to hold a demonstration in the State. According to the party, any of such attempt will only plunge the state into crisis, and the State will not take kindly to such a nefarious plan.
The party, in a statement through its State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said considering the heightened security challenges the state is facing, it will be unwise for any group to hide under the guise of protest to compromise the security of the state and be allowed such privilege.
Mr. Joe further said there is no way the state would sit idly by and allow politically sponsored hoodlums masquerading as Pro-Biafran protesters or any group at all to compromise the security of the state where the state has invested hugely in recent times.
This came in response to the IPOB’s statement on its Facebook page disclosing that it will be embarking on a Lagos Mega Rally/Protest slated for Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December, 2015.
The statement by the Indigenous People of Biafra reads:
“The Rally which will kick-off on the morning of Wednesday 16th Dec. 2015 will see us march from … axis of the city via Alaba Int’l market down to Mile 2 on the first day of the protest after making a stop over at Trade Fair Int’l market complex to intimate our people over there about the rally.
“The 2nd day of the rally will see us visiting several Embassies and High Commissions in Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis of city to deliver our protest letter as well as Amnesty Int’l and UN offices…”
“We shall be demanding for the unconditional release of director of Radio Biafra & TV, Nnamdi Kanu and all other Biafrans in the custody, as well as a right for self-determination during the March/Protest.”
APC publicity secretary had however warned that those behind the plot should “arrest themselves as the security agencies led by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, has vowed to deal ruthlessly with anybody or group found to be involved in such protests. We hope the will of the law enforcement agencies in Lagos will not be tested at a time like this”.
“As a party that governs Lagos, it will be derelict of us to watch a group of politically-sponsored hoodlums tamper with the tight security system that has been effortlessly put in place by the state government to combat increasing crime rates in the state. We cannot allow these hoodlums, sponsored by politicians that failed woefully in the last general elections, to unleash mayhem on peace loving Lagosians so as to achieve dark political aims that run parallel to the interests of Lagosians.
“It is obvious that the sponsors of the planned protest want to throw the state into needless mayhem by their act but the state will be ready to mete out to them the appropriate antidotes for such folly. Knowing full well that whatever they purport to represent is alien to Lagos and Lagosians, we wonder what the evil masterminds of these purported protests want to achieve in Lagos if not to plunge the state into unmitigated disruption and crisis and we state that Lagos will not allow such plans.
“Knowing full well that hoodlums are meant to capitalize on any so-called protests to unleash mayhem on Lagosians and compromise its tight security, we have no doubt that the brains behind the protest have very sinister intents the state will not allow,” APC stated.
The Party also referred to sponsors of the planned protest as people who want to disrupt the peace of the state through their act. He further reiterated the state’s readiness to mete out to them the appropriate antidotes for such folly. He added that market leaders should also steer clear from the planned protest as the state would not only hesitate to show such market leaders the exit from such markets but would also take measures to ensure that such markets were not used as hatcheries for dangerous activities
“We warn every market leader to desist from acts or plots meant to weaken or compromise the security of Lagos as the state will henceforth take measures to ensure that any market that allows itself to be used as grounds for acts that compromise the security of the state will be thoroughly scrutinized to ensure bad eggs are forced out of such markets.” he said.
Mr. Joe Igbokwe therefore urged Lagosians to be law abiding and report the masterminds of such evil plots that endanger the security of lives and properties in Lagos to appropriate security agencies for prompt action as we restate our support to the commitment of the present Lagos State government to guarantee maximum security of Lagosians.