Attack on Oyo secretariat: Stay away from Ibadanland, Olubadan-in- Council tells Yoruba Nation agitators 

The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), the Olubadan-in-Council, Obas, Ibadan elders, Mogajis and Baales, Sunday condemned the Saturday attack on the Oyo state government secretariat in Ibadan by Yoruba Nation agitators. 

CCII, the umbrella body of all the groups of Ibadan indigenes in a statement by its President-General, Chief Niyi Ajewole, asked the Yoruba Nation agitators to stay away from Ibadanland and Oyo state.

In the statement, CCII and the other stakeholders stated that the people of Ibadan will not condone such invasion again from the so called Yoruba Nation agitators and demanded thorough investigation to unravel circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.

CCII also stated that whoever is involved in the act directly or indirectly should be fished out and brought to book.

The statement reads: “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 form of illegal assembly or hoisting of any flag, use of agitators caps, berets, vests, stickers will be considered as the enemy of the Ibadanland and the state and will be dealt 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 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 of being described as localised 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.”