Tension as Yoruba Nation Agitators Invade Oyo Secretariat, Video Emerges

Tension as Yoruba Nation Agitators Invade Oyo Secretariat, Video Emerges

  • Yoruba Nation agitators laid siege on the Oyo state government secretariat on Saturday, April 13
  • The reason behind this onslaught is not immediately clear but the agitators hoisted flags of Yoruba Nation
  • An eyewitness account said the men dressed in military camouflage covered their faces with masks and scarfs

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Ibadan, Oyo state - Some masked men suspected to be Yoruba Nation agitators on Saturday, April 13, stormed the Oyo government secretariat.

As reported by The Nation, the armed men were stationed at strategic points in the secretariat.

Gunmen besiege Oyo state government secretariat
Suspected Yoruba Nation agitators invaded Oyo government secretariat and hoisted flags on Saturday, April 13. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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Channels Television also noted the development.

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While some were said to have manned the entrance to the governor’s office gate, others were seen at the entrance to the house of assembly gate with some others at the main entrance.

The situation sent panic waves across the entire area as security operatives on duty were said to have tried to handle it to no avail.

An eyewitness account said the men dressed in military camouflage covered their faces with masks and scarves.

Men of the Oyo state police command and other anti-crime agencies stormed the entrance to the secretariat in numerous patrol vans.

Operatives of the Oyo security network codenamed Amotekun were said to have also arrived at the gate.

The situation, it was gathered, almost turned chaotic as the security operatives engaged in a gun duel with the agitators.

Road users en route to the secretariat diverted along Customs Junction as the Secretariat-Queen Elizabeth Road was cut off traffic.

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It was gathered efforts of the executive assistant to the governor on security, CP Sunday Odukoya (retired) to calm the situation were futile as the masked gunmen insisted on hoisting their flag in the secretariat. They successfully hoisted some flags.

But the arrival of military officers from the 2nd division of the Army about an hour later was said to have changed the narrative with some of the agitators at the entrance gate taking to their heels.

Arrests have been made as security operatives tried to restore normalcy.

The Oyo state government has yet to officially comment on the matter.

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Reacting to the development, Sulaimon Adigun Muse, a former head of department of Political Science, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe, Lagos state, said the attackers' action should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.

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According to Dr. Muse, failure to criticise the actions of separatists will ultimately lead to other tribes and ethnic groups clamouring for the division of Nigeria in the name of "self-determination".

He told Legit.ng:

"The nation is still grappling with many socioeconomic problems which the government is making efforts to improve upon. So, any ethnic or tribal self-determination move would not help at all in this situation.
"If all ethnic groups start drumming ethnic determination, what becomes of the country Nigeria?"

Furthermore, Muse stated that the right thing for the invaders to have done was to go through the legislative arm of government "if truly there are issues".

He said:

"I'm sure their representatives are the in states and national assemblies and are ready to listen to them."

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Igboho stated that he returned to Nigeria believing in divine guidance.

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