Police nab 20 suspected gunmen for invading Oyo Assembly complex

Oyo State police have arrested 20 suspected Yoruba nation agitators in connection with the purported invasion of Ibadan’s House of Assembly complex on Saturday.

According to News24 Nigeria, a gang of people allegedly broke into the facility near the Government Secretariat in an attempt to take over.

SP Adewale Osifeso, the police spokesman in Oyo State, confirmed the accused’ arrests in an Ibadan statement.

Osifeso reported that the 20 suspects apprehended had three pump-action weapons, 29 life cartridges, two expended cartridges, 67 cutlasses, five protective jackets, and six pairs of boots.

They also had 10 Public Address Systems, three berets with Oodua logo, seven belts, 11 Oodua Nation camouflage outfits, an unregistered bus, and three motorcycles, he said.

Osifeso emphasized that the police, in concert with sister security agencies, successfully foiled the agitators’ effort to forcefully take over the secretariat.

“The suspects who wore military camouflage came heavily armed in an unregistered bus and had cutlasses, pump action rifles, cartridges, assorted charms and an Oodua Nation agitation flag with them.

“They were overpowered and completely suppressed by officers and men of the police in concert with those of sister security agencies,’’ he stated.

Osifeso described the act of the suspects as criminal and unpatriotic and a clear case of treasonable felony and terrorism.

He assured that appropriate punishment would be meted to those found culpable, while the police would continue to protect law-abiding citizens.

The spokesman stated that the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Adebola Hamzat already ordered an investigation and an enlargement of the dragnet to arrest others connected with the incident.

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