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We recovered gun from Yoruba Nation agitators — Army

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Military authorities in Nigeria have reacted to the brazen attempt by the Yoruba Nation agitators to seize control of the Oyo State Government Secretariat, Governor’s Office, and House of Assembly complex.

NewsBand quoting a security source reported that there was palpable tension in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State on Saturday, when masked men in military fatigue stormed the government facilities and positioned themselves at strategic locations, in an attempt to hoist their own flags.

“The masked men invaded the government facility to hoist the flag of Yoruba Nation

“Their presence caused panic in the Mokola area where the House of Assembly and secretariat are located”, a security source said.

The security operatives on duty at the secretariat were shocked as they were unable to disperse the agitators until the arrival of police operatives from the state command and other anti-crime agencies in collaboration with members of the Nigerian Army, 2 Division, who immediately demobilised the raging agitators.

But speaking in a statement over the incident, the spokesman of the Nigerian army, General Onyema Nwachukwu said the troops had come in contact with the agitators dressed in foreign military camouflage with berets and armed with dangerous weapons in buses and motorbikes.

Upon encountering troops, the Yoruba nation adherents engaged the officers in a shootout.

He said troops, utilizing superior firepower, successfully subdued the attackers, who subsequently retreated in disarray.

Onyema further revealed that nine members of the irredentist group were apprehended, while one Semi Automatic Pump Action rifle and ammunition were recovered.

The statement reads, “This is to notify the general public that today Saturday 13 April 2024, sequel to the report of an attack on the State Secretariat Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State, troops promptly responded to the incident and had contact with adherents of the Yoruba Nation dressed in foreign military camouflage with berets and armed with dangerous weapons in buses and motorbikes.

“Upon encountering own troops, the Yoruba nation adherents engaged the troops in a shootout. Troops, utilizing superior firepower, successfully subdued the attackers, who subsequently retreated in disarray. 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.

“Currently, troops are on the track of the fleeing adherents, and the situation is under control.

“We assure members of the public that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure the safety and security of the general area.

“We urge the public to remain calm and vigilant, and to report any suspicious activity to the appropriate security agencies. The safety and security of the citizenry remain a priority, as we will continue to work tirelessly to maintain peace and order in the region.”

Meanwhile, the leader of the Yoruba separatist movement, Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka, Sunday Igboho has distanced himself from the invasion.

Igboho said he did not have a hand in the invasion. He charged the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde to carry out proper investigation in order to smoke out the people behind the attack and their sponsors.

He further urged the governor to ascertain the motive behind the invasion, while adding that the people behind it should be unveiled, arrested and prosecuted.

Igboho further reiterated his commitment to the peace and security of the Yorubaland, noting that he would never be part of anything whatsoever that could disturb the peace of the region.

 

 

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