20 Yoruba Nation agitators arrested for invading Oyo secretariat

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20 suspects who claim to be Oodua Nation supporters have been arrested by Oyo state police command for invading the state’s secretariat on Saturday, April 13, while armed.

It was gathered that the gunmen drove to the secretariat in a grey Toyota Hiace bus and on two motorcycles, which have now been seized and taken to the State Police Headquarters.

About 10 of the invaders blocked the Secretariat-Total Garden Road to enable other members of the group force their way into the secretariat complex.

The others went straight to the State House of Assembly premises located within the secretariat where they removed the Nigerian national flag and replaced it with their O’odua Nation flag.

Spokesperson for the command, Adewale Osifeso, said three Pump Action guns, 291 life cartridges, two expended cartridges, 67 cutlasses and five bulletproof vests were recovered.

Other items include six pairs of boots, 10 megaphones (public address system), three Oodua beret caps, seven belts, 11 Oodua Nation Army camouflage uniforms, one unregistered Nissan Urban Caravan Bus and three TVS Motorcycles.

Osifeso said the agitators, who are driven by a separatist agenda, made an attempt to forcefully take over the Oyo State Government Secretariat but their move was thwarted by officers from the Command in concert with personnel of sister security agencies.

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The police said the action of the invaders, who were dressed in military camouflage, is a clear case of treasonable felony and terrorism. It was added that they would face the consequences of their action as provided by the law.

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