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Oyo police arrests 20 Yoruba nation agitators, recovers arms, others

The Oyo Police Command has arrested no fewer than 20 Yoruba nation agitators for invading the state government’s premises in Agodi, Ibadan, the state capital.

Aside from that, the law enforcement agency recovered arms, ammunition and other items from the agitators while while dispersing the protesters at the seat of the government power in the state.

The Oyo police command spokesman, Adewale Osifeso, disclosed this on Saturday while reacting to the alleged invasion of the state secretariat to demand better security across southwest states.

Osifeso said the invaders are suspected members of the Yoruba Nation group.

According to the statement, “Items recovered from the 20 suspects arrested were three three pump action guns, 291 life cartridges, two expended cartridges, 67 cutlasses, five bulletproof vest and six pair of boots.

Others items were 10 public address system, three Oodua styles beret caps, seven belts, 11 Oodua Nation army camouflage uniforms, one unregistered Nissan Urban Caravan bus and three tvs motor motorcycles,”

During the invasion, businesses and residents within that axis including Bodija, Ikolaba and Awolowo Avenue to shut down their shops and stay indoors.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the masked men were stationed at different locations within the area, sending panic to the residents and road users along the routes.

The security operatives manning the state secretariat found it difficult to disperse the agitators, until the arrival of the policemen who doused the tension after succeeding in chasing them away.

The policemen were assisted by other anti-crime agencies in conjunction with members of the Nigerian Army, 2 Division.

Operatives of the state security network codenamed Amotekun were also said to have been on the ground.

Motorists and other road users were gripped with fear as they scampered for safety plunging the routes along Customs Junction as the Secretariat-Queen Elizabeth Road into heavy traffic.

Efforts of the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Security, CP Sunday Odukoya (retd.), to calm the situation were abortive, as the agitators insisted on hoisting their flag within the Secretariat.

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