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  • News - South West - Oyo
  • Updated: April 14, 2024

Nigerian army accuses Yoruba nation agitators of shooting soldiers

Nigerian army accuses Yoruba nation agitators of shooting so

The Nigerian Army has accused members of the Yoruba Nation of firing on soldiers at the Oyo State Secretariat.

Allnews.ng had reported that several Yoruba agitators stormed the Oyo State House of Assembly, Agodi Secretariat in Ibadan.

The agitators claimed in a viral video clip that a 'Democratic Republic of the Yoruba' had been formed out of Nigeria. The Nigerian Army alleged that the agitators fired on soldiers sent to maintain law and order.

Onyema Nwachukwu, the Army spokesperson, issued a statement urging the people to remain calm and report any suspicious behaviour to security services.

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 their 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.”

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