The Lagos Police Command has commended the ‘Obidients’ in the State for the peaceful ‘Obidients’ March’ embarked on earlier today, in support of the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi.
The Police commended the supporters for adhering to the Court order restricting them from converging at the Lekki toll- gate for their rally.
A Senior Officer who spoke with Newsmen said; ‘’We have been here (toll-gate) since yesterday, keeping vigil so that Obi supporters would not flout the Court order. But, I must confess, we are overwhelmed by what we have seen. The people conducted themselves very well. You can see how they gave way to motorists and passers-by. They did not barricade the road, they are not distorting traffic. We are getting information from our men from other areas and they commended the Obidients as they are called’’
Another Senior Officer said; ‘’We are overwhelmed with what we are seeing. Really, if the youths had decided to flourt the Court order, we would have called for reinforcement, because we can’t confront the mammoth crowd, but the coordinators of the event did well. They did not give us troubles. We are not sent here to shoot anyone, but there is no way something awry wouldn’t have happened if the people had flouted the order.’’
‘’Actually, we are sent to prevent them from disobeying the law and we would have used maximum force, but we thank the youths that so far so good we have no confrontation between the Police and the Youths’’
The youths in the State on Saturday, shut down the State in a march in solidarity for the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The youths were seen chanting songs like , ‘’carry me de go, Obi carry me de go new Naija,’ ‘All we are saying give is Obi,’’ among others.
The youths therefore called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to give a level playing ground for all candidates to thrive and to make sure nobody would be disenfranchised.
Meanwhile the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said he will brief the press later on the development.
He said; ‘’ I will say something later, but for now i can’t say anything till further notice.’’