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Oyo Secretariat invasion: Police parade arrested suspects

…Invasion reinforces need for State Police – Bode George


…YCE condemns act in all its ramifications


The Police paraded at least 21 suspected Yoruba Nation agitators, including a female and two elderly men in their sixties at the Oyo State Police Headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan on Monday.


They were apprehended for their involvement in the forceful invasion of the Oyo State Government Secretariat on Saturday.

The suspected agitators were arrested by joint security operatives at the state government Secretariat while attempting to take over the State House of Assembly after hoisting Yoruba Nation flags.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Adebola Hamzat, while addressing the media, confirmed the arrest of the 21 suspected agitators and sent a stern warning to other individuals with criminal intent to leave the state.

He emphasized that the offence committed is treasonable felony and highlighted that the investigation is still ongoing.

The CP Hamzat clarified that there were no casualties during the exchange of gunfire with the agitators, although one Amotekun officer sustained injuries.

Meanwhile the invasion is said to have reinforced the urgent need for state police.

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George stated in an interview on Arise Television on Monday.

The PDP chieftain was disturbed that the incident never leaked to the intelligence of this nation.

“Agitators carried their weapons in military uniforms, and nobody stopped them on the road!”

George described the invasion by the Yoruba Nation agitators as an act of treason.

The PDP chieftain stressed that the agitators cannot take up arms against their government.

He said, “You don’t just go and take up arms against your government, it’s treason. That they called Amotekun and the police is something; if it were people from my old profession, they would have seen them as enemies and fired at them.

“I was completely very angry because that is not the way you talk to your government. What could have driven them into that? My conclusion is that they might not be educated. You don’t take up arms against your nation.

“It’s unimaginable; you brought guns and charms; were they dreaming? It’s unacceptable, it’s the highest breaking of the law of the land. You have your freedom of speech which is the most sensible way to approach this problem. The problem is that this thing never leaked to the intelligence of this nation.

“Agitators carried their weapons in military uniforms, and nobody stopped them on the road; you now see the urgent need for state police because they could not have been meeting somewhere if we are well organized like the state police.”

Meanwhile, Fatai Owoseni, Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, has described the attackers as miscreants on cheap drugs.

The former commissioner of police stated this in an interview on Channels Television on Monday.

Recall that the Nigerian Army had said the attackers were “Yoruba Nation adherents” “dressed in foreign military camouflage with berets and armed with dangerous weapons.”

The Army, in a statement had said, “As a result of this engagement, nine members of the irredentist group were apprehended, while one Semi-Automatic Pump Action rifle and ammunition were recovered.”

Meanwhile, the YCE has described the invasion as a coup just as it insisted that those involved in the act should be treated as coupists and punished accordingly.

Secretary-General of the YCE, Chief Oladipo Oyewole, said the elders condemned the act adding that the Federal Government should fish out perpetrators of the act.

Oyewole said: “The ill-fated mission of misguided persons in Military Camouflage/outfit to the Oyo State Government Secretariat Ibadan is bad.

“The Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, condemn this unlawful invasion in its entirety.

“Unequivocally, we stand to say that the nauseating act is a coup d’etat. It is barbaric and totally unwarranted. From reports and analysis, it is an ill-conceived action which was dead on arrival

We are of the position, in line with the laws of Nigeria, that all the people involved should be treated as coupists and punished accordingly.

“Yoruba land and our inherited culture abhor violence.

“The Yoruba man, because of his Omoluwabi ethos, would maintain decorum and dialogue rather than take part in any forceful take over.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria should, without delay, deploy its apparatus to fish out parties involved in the dastardly act by all means and mete out judgement commensurate with this dastardly act.

“Going by all indicators, Nigeria is ready for take-off to prosperity through proper planning and application of rules of engagement that will give our nation, the cutting edge we earnestly desire and deserve for our comfort and mutual prosperity.

“We condemn this unfortunate act in all ramifications.”

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