Odua self-determination rally suffers setback as police surround venue in Ibadan

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The Odua self-determination awareness rally organised by Banji Akintoye, leader of Ilana Odua, has suffered a setback as officers of the Nigeria police force barricade the Mapo Hall Venue in Ibadan.

Akintoye, who is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, was scheduled to lead the rally 

According to Dapo Salami, a media aide of Sunday Adeyemo, the youth leader popularly known as Sunday Igboho, the rally has been postponed.

“I think the rally was postponed yesterday. But I am on my way to see Igboho at home. I will get back to you on the issue,” he told The Cable.

Sina Akinpelu, publicity secretary of the New Era faction of Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), confirmed that he was aware of the rally but not present at Mapo hall. He also noted that some people who showed up for the rally turned back because of the police presence at the venue.

 “I was involved to some extent before the scheduled date. But I have been too busy with private matters so I am not at the venue now.

“I can confirm however that some people called me and said they had to abandon being part of the rally because police were seen at the venue.” He said.

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