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Court remands 29 Yoruba Nation agitators over Oyo secretariat invasion

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Chief Magistrates Court in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, has remanded the 29 Yoruba Nation agitators arrested for invading the state House of Assembly and the governor’s office.

They were remanded after the Nigerian Police arraigned the suspect before the court presided over by Magistrate OO Ogunkanmi, barely four days after their arrest during the abortive invasion.

The case, with charge number Mi/520c/2024, was brought before the court on Wednesday and it was between the Commissioner of Police and the 29 suspects.

During court proceedings, Inspector Bakare Rasaq, the investigating police officer attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, presented before the court seven count charges.

The charges were bordering on treasonable crime, unlawful society, illegal firearm possession, and conduct likely to provoke a breach of peace.

The offence, according to him, is prohibited by and punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.

Presiding over the case, Magistrate OO Ogunkanmi adjourned the case to the 1st of August 2024 for hearing and ordered that the suspects be remanded at the state correctional centre, Agodi.

During weekend, a group of masked individuals who were allegedly Yoruba Nation agitators broke into the state secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan, and raised their flag before being disarmed by joint security officers.

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