The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday the pro-Biafra groups to discontinue their plans to hold a demonstration in parts of Lagos saying it will not take kindly to any attempt to plunge the state into crisis.
In a statement by its Lagos State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the APC said considering the heightened security challenges the state is facing, 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.
This came as IPOB announced that it will be embarking on a Lagos Mega Rally/Protest on Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17, 2015 to intensify their demand for self-determination, as well as the unconditional release of the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and for the self-determination
IPOB had said the first day of their rally will kick-off on the morning of Wednesday December 16, 2015 and will take them to Alaba International Market, the Trade Fair Complex and Mile 2, while the second day will see them visiting Embassies and High Commissions in Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis of city to deliver their protest letter as well as Amnesty International and UN offices.
The APC however warned that it will not sit idly and allow politically sponsored hoodlums masquerading as Pro-Biafran protesters or any group whatsoever, to compromise security in which the state has invested hugely in recent times.
It reminded those behind the plot that the security agencies, led by the State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni have vowed 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,” Lagos APC said.
“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.”