Police Parade Yoruba Nation Agitators, Promise to Apprehend Sponsors

Police in Oyo State are on the trail of sponsors of Yoruba nation agitators who invaded government secretariat in Ibadan on Saturday.

The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Adebola Hamzat, paraded 21 of the agitators arrested before newsmen in Ibadan on Monday.

Recall that the agitators invaded the Oyo State House of Assembly complex located inside the secretariat on April 13 and hoisted their flag there in an attempt to take over the assembly.

Adebola disclosed that some of those arrested had been listing the names of their sponsors and that police had visited some locations within Oyo State where some incriminating items were recovered.

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He also told newsmen that five pump-action semi-automatic rifles, two wooden double-barrel guns, and other exhibits were recovered from the agitators.

Also recovered were two jackets, 30 pieces of torch lights, 49 bells, five horse whips, seven pieces of walkie-talkies and accessories, four generators, 72 pairs of camouflage uniforms, and 405 live cartridges.

Adebola further described the action of the suspects as criminal, unpatriotic, and a clear case of treasonable felony and terrorism to be met with adequate sanctions through purposeful prosecutions.

In his words, “The labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain. Police in Oyo State will be unrelenting in ensuring the continued corporate existence of Nigeria as a country,’’ he stressed.

Meanwhile, some of the suspects stated that they have no regret for their actions and that the action was not treasonable.

They argued that the action of the agitators was legal and that their sponsors had documents stating that the UN and ECOWAS had given recognition to the Yoruba nation’s existence.

Another suspect said the agitators were promised jobs and good conditions of living if Yoruba nation became a reality.