20 Arrested Over Attempt By Suspected Yoruba Nation Agitators To Take Over Oyo Govt Secretariat 

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*Police recovers 3 Pump Action Guns, 291  live cartridges, other dangerous weapons

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Twenty persons suspected to be members of Yoruba Nation Agitators were on Saturday, arrested by the Police after a failed attempt to take over the Oyo State Government Secretariat at Agodi Ibadan.

It was learnt that trouble started when the Yoruba Nation Agitators invaded the state secretariat with charms and other dangerous weapons to allegedly declare a Yoruba Nation and reportedly hoisted Yoruba Nation flag at the secretariat.

Oyo State Police Command in a statement on the invasion by the Yoruba Nation Agitators, said hoodlums suspected to be members of the ‘‘Yoruba Nation Agitation Group’’ driven by a separatist agenda, in an attempt to forcefully takeover the Oyo State Government Secretariat, Agodi-Ibadan, stormed the secretariat at about 9.15am.

In the statement by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Adewale Osifeso for the state Commissioner of Police, CP Adebola Hamzat, it stressed that the Yoruba Nation agitators ,” who were on Military Camouflages came heavily armed in an unregistered Silver Coloured Nissan Urban Caravan Bus containing Cutlasses, Pump Action Rifles, Cartridges, assorted charms and an O’dua Nation Agitation Flag’.

According to Oyo Police command, “In all, (20) Twenty Suspects have been arrested in possession of; (3) Three Pump Action Guns, (291)Two Hundred and Ninety-One life Cartridges, (2) Two Expended Cartridges, (67) Sixty-Seven Cutlasses, (5) Five Bullet Proof Vest, (6) Six Pair of Boots, (10) Ten Megaphone (Public Address System),(3) Three Oodua Styles Beret Caps, (7) Seven Belts, (11) Eleven Oodua Nation Army Camouflage Uniforms, (1) One Unregistered Nissan Urban Caravan Bus and (3) Three TVS Motor Motorcycles”, it said.

The Police command stressed, ” Thankfully, they were overpowered and completely suppressed by Officers and Men of the  Command  on concert with sister security agencies who acted in swift response to intelligence gathered in accordance with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to the situation’

While declaring this act as criminal, unpatriotic and a clear case of treasonable felony and terrorism which would be melted with adequate sanctions under the laws of the land, the Command assures the good citizens of Oyo State that it remains unwavering to the protection of their lives and property”.

* Today Saturday 13/04/2024 at about 0915hrs the valiant and eagle eyed operatives of the Oyo State Police Command in concert with some members of its sister agencies, successfully thwarted an attempt by hoodlums suspected to be members of the ‘‘Yoruba Nation Agitation Group’’ driven by a separatist agenda, in an attempt to forcefully takeover the Oyo State Government Secretariat, Agodi-Ibadan.

*Sequel to the above, the Commissioner of Police has detailed a highly powered investigation team led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department to demystify circumstances surrounding the incident and as well expand the network of arrests through painstaking intelligence driven investigation.

* The Oyo State Police Command enjoins residents to be generous with information and cooperate with the Command in a bid to rid the State of Criminal elements whose intent is to propagate their separatist agenda.

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