There are indications that the Lagos State Police Command is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to stop the planned rally by Yoruba self-determination groups under the umbrella of Ilana Omo Oodua led by Professor Emeritus Banji Akintoye.
A letter written to hotels by the Divisional Police Officer of Imota division in Ikorodu, CSP Oni Omololu and sighted by NaijaNewsNow, directed hotels under the division to stop accepting guests for the next 72 hours.
The letter reads: “You are officially directed to stop lodging of any guest in your hotel in the next seventy two hours (72 HRS) due to intelligence reports for security reasons.
“You are urged to comply with this order and directive sir.”
Confirming the directive, the manager of a popular hotel in the Itamaga area of Ikorodu, who spoke to NaijaNewsNow under the condition of anonymity, said they had to ask all their guests to evacuate since yesterday, Wednesday, as they were given strict instructions to ensure that no guest is found in hotels in the area by 6pm.
The manager also disclosed that the move may not be unconnected with the planned rally of Yoruba Nation agitators, adding that the police do not want agitators from outside Lagos to find a place to lodge for the rally.
NaijaNewsNow reports that Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho, in an interview with BBC Pidgin, said the rally has been suspended. This is however contrary the insistence by Professor Akintoye that the rally will go on as scheduled despite the attack on the Ibadan, Oyo State residence of Igboho.