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Troops arrest nine Yoruba agitators in Oyo

Troops of the Nigerian Army on Saturday arrested nine Yoruba Nation agitators who invaded the Oyo State Secretariat in Agodi area of ​​Ibadan, the state capital.

A statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the agitators of the Yoruba nation, dressed in foreign military camouflage with berets and armed with dangerous weapons in buses and motorcycles, attacked the State Secretariat on Saturday morning.

However, he said troops responding to the incident engaged them in a firefight and dispersed them.

He said: “When the supporters of the Yoruba nation encountered their own troops, they engaged in a gun battle with the troops. Troops, using superior firepower, successfully subdued the attackers, who then retreated in disarray. As a result of this clash, nine members of the irredentist group were arrested, while a Semi Automatic Pump Action Rifle and ammunition were recovered.

General Nwachukwu said troops were tracking other fleeing supporters, adding that the situation was under control.

He assured the public that all necessary measures were being taken to ensure the safety and security of the general area.

He further urged the public to remain calm and vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the relevant security agencies.

“The safety and security of citizens remains a priority as we will continue to work tirelessly to maintain peace and order in the region,” the army spokesperson added.

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