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  • Updated: April 14, 2024

Ibadan elders, groups warn Yoruba Nation agitators to stay away from Oyo

Ibadan elders, groups warn Yoruba Nation agitators to stay a

Foremost Ibadan indigenous group, Central Council Of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Olubadan-in-Council, Obas, Ibadan elders, Mogajis and Baales have cautioned O’odua Nation agitators to stay away from  Ibadanland and the entire Oyo state, adding that their insults in the state would not be further condoned.

The group of stakeholders who in their collective reaction condemned the attack on the Oyo state governor’s office and Oyo State House of Assembly by the suspected agitators.

Allnews.ng had reported that some masked men who are dressed in army camouflage carrying rifles suspected to be Yoruba Nation Agitators on Saturday attempted an attack on the Oyo State Government Secretariat.

The CCII President-General, Chief Niyi Ajewole in his statement seeks a thorough investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.

Ajewole pleaded that whoever is involved in the act directly or indirectly should be fished out and brought to book.

“We hereby condemn this heinous assault in its entirety, with a strong warning that all these agitators should stay away from Ibadanland and Oyo state as anyone found with any forms of illegal assembly or hoisting of any flags, use of agitators caps, berets, vests, stickers will be considered as the enemy of the Ibadanland and the State will deal with according to the tradition and the law.

“CCII and indeed the entire sons and daughters of Ibadan received with terrible shock, embarrassment and consternation, the audacious invasion of the Oyo State Government seat of power, the State Secretariat, Ibadan.

“Of great and particular concern was the invasion of Ibadan, which has been enviably enjoying the peace that the indigenes and residents generally are happy about. It was said that the invaders actually attempted to take over the Governor’s office and the House of Assembly, the two vital organs of government and instruments of governance.

“It was a deliberate and daring attempt, targeted at seizing power. An attack of preponderance qualified to be described as localized mutiny, perhaps aimed to be expanded to the other parts of the country.

“It is not even out of place, to suspect that the hoodlums wanted to deliver a diabolical message of taking over Ibadan to be held hostage, or captured and kept in captivity.

“Information at the disposal of CCII was that the invasion was orchestrated and sponsored, by yet-to-be-identified individuals and groups. While the heinous onslaught lasted, there was serious apprehension, consternation and commotion in the whole of Ibadan City.

“All the inhabitants were restless, putting calls across to one another to ensure each other’s safety wherever they were. Economic and other activities were disrupted.

“Indigenes in diaspora too were not left out, calling their loved ones at home, to ascertain their safety. Of particular interest to all the residents of Oyo State, particularly the Ibadan sons and daughters was the whereabouts of His Excellency, the Governor of Oyo State Engineer Seyi Makinde, who ordinarily would be the target of such a barbaric offensive.

“One wondered whether we were at war! One wondered why these disgruntled elements wanted to turn Ibadan into the theatre of war. We even wondered whether the tumultuous banditry being perpetrated in certain parts of the country was to be extended to Ibadan City. What an unprovoked and appalling insult.

“As the confusion was going on, information started filtering in, that the crime was being committed by a certain group called “Oodua Nation Agitators” aiming to actualize the establishment of “Oodua Republic.

“How can that be possible in a manner that caught the people unawares? Was Ibadan part of their sinister motive? As the apprehension persisted, reprieve started to prevail, when it was gathered that personnel of various Security Agencies had moved in, to take control. We thank God that the aim of the urchins failed.

“We were relieved when we got to know that the quelling operation was successfully carried out by our gallant security personnel. It was an appreciable and enviable feat, that the beasts were captured.

“We were joyful that no innocent soul was lost, we thank God for the safety of the governor and government officials. Thank God that Satan was shamed.

“We congratulate and appreciate the governor for being effectively and successfully proactive, we congratulate the governor for being able to surmount the evil machination of the enemies.

“We appreciate, congratulate and thank all the stakeholders in the security architecture of the state, the Military, the Police, Civil Defence, Amotekun and other paramilitary outfits involved are all acknowledged and appreciated.”

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