Gunshots have been fired by policemen present at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos as the Yoruba nation rally begins.
This was after the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, addressed journalists at the venue saying no rally is allowed in Lagos, reports Punch.
However, the paper says some Yoruba nation agitators dared the security operatives by spreading banners and flyers to announce their arrival and presence.
Only for shots to be fired a few minutes later, while hot water from an armoured tank was sprayed to disperse the protesters.
Some of the agitators were seen getting dragged into an armoured tank by policemen.
The paper also earlier reported that despite the heavy presence of armed policemen and soldiers around the Gani Fawehinmi Park venue of the protest, agitators of Yoruba nation came out in their numbers.
“They are chanting different kinds of freedom songs, including, ‘No going back,’ ‘We want Oodua Nation,’ among others.
“So far, the rally is going on peacefully without harassment from security agents.
“The agitators surfaced around 11.20 am while the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, was addressing journalists.
“Some of the agitators who spoke to newsmen stated that it is time to have a separate nation for the Yoruba ethnic group because they don’t have anything in common with the other ethnic groups in Nigeria.
“Flyers shared by the agitators read, “Ilosiwaju Ominira Yoruba Nation.”