…Akintoye condemns invasion of Ibadan radio station, disowns perpetrators***
The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested two Yoruba Nation agitators in the Alausa area of the state, and recovered charms and weapons from them.
Spokesperson for the command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Sunday, said that the agitators stormed a police station in the early hours of Sunday.
“The agitators, numbering 15, stormed Alausa Police Division at about 5:35 a.m. today, chanting, ‘Yoruba Nation has taken over,’ and injured some police officers who attempted to disperse them.
“Two of the agitators were arrested while the rest took to their heels following the prompt and coordinated response of the police.
“The suspects, who were arrested with charms, dangerous weapons and different offensive insignias bearing Yoruba Nation Army, stormed Alausa Division along with others at about the same time another group was attempting to take over a radio station in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“They claimed they came to officially inform the police that the United Nations had granted approval for the take off of Yoruba Nation,” he said.
He said that the arrested suspects are currently assisting the police in the ongoing investigation into the subversive plans of the group.
“The suspect are assisting the police while their network of sponsors will soon be unveiled and brought to justice in the overriding internal security interest of the State,” he said.
The police image-maker said that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, has warned subversive elements to steer clear of the state or face the wrath of the law.
“The command is fully ready and has the strong will and operational orientation to bring the full weight of the law to bear on them or on any other elements that might attempt to disrupt the stable security order in Lagos.
“While working in synergy with other security agencies, the command has maximally deployed its intelligence, human and operational assets across the length and breadth of the state.
“The command will effectively suppress any ill-advised persons or groups under any nomenclature who might be attempting to test the will of law enforcement operatives of the command before, during and after the May 29, 2023, inauguration,” he said.
According to him, Owohunwa appreciates the good people of the state for their unrelenting cooperation with the police.
Hundeyin said that the CP has urged residents to continue to manifest their patriotism by promptly reaching out to the police or the nearest security agency whenever the need arises.
In the meantime, Prof. Banji Akintoye, the founder and leader of the Yoruba group, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, has condemned the invasion of a radio station in Ibadan by the Yoruba separatist group.
This is contained in a statement signed by Akintoye’s Assistant Director of Programmes, Olatunde Amusat, and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan.
The separatist group on Sunday, invaded the premises of Amuludun 99.1 FM in Moniya, a community radio of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), around 6.00 am.i
Five of the agitators were arrested by security agents and paraded by the Nigeria Police Force on Sunday.
Akintoye disowned the group, describing their action as lawless and profoundly criminal.
“Our attention has been drawn to the activities of a group led by a Woman, who claimed to be running a totally different agenda for Yoruba emancipation.
“The group has been engaging again and again in criminal activities. The group has been warned repeatedly, but has refused to change,” he said.
He said that the Yoruba group he is leading runs a struggle that is totally peaceful and law abiding.
According to him, “we have written a 34-page manual to guide our followers and all Yoruba people about peaceful and law-abiding, self-determination struggle.
“We have written the outgoing President of Nigeria and UN Secretary-General about our legitimate demand for self determination for our Yoruba nation.
“We have emphasised in everyone of those letters that our struggle is peaceful and law abiding.”
Akintoye said his group has no relationship whatsoever with the group that has repeatedly engaged in crime, adding “we have no hands in their criminal conduct.”