As Lagos State braces for protest by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Wednesday and Thursday in some parts of the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has warned the group or anyone planning to hold a demonstration in the state to stay off or be dealt with.
The APC in a statement by its Lagos State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, warned that it will be foolhardy for any group to hide under the guise of protest to compromise the security of the state and be allowed such privilege.
The IPOB in a statement on its Facebook page disclosed that it will embark on a Lagos Mega Rally/Protest slated for Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December, 2015.
“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,” the IPOB said.
But the APC has asked the State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni to deal ruthlessly with anybody or group found to be involved in such protests, and expressed the hope the law enforcement agencies in Lagos will not be tested during this time.
“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 election, to unleash mayhem on peace loving Lagosians so as to achieve dark political aims that run parallel to the interests of Lagosians,” Igbokwe said.
It further warned “market leaders that are involved in this plot or allow their markets to be used for such dangerous activities that the state will not hesitate to not only show such market leaders the exit from such markets but will take measures to ensure that such markets are 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.”