Oyo state secretariat invasion: Suspects names Nigerian in Diaspora, Modupe Onitiri-Abiola as sponsors

A member of the agitators who stormed Oyo State Secretariat in Ibadan Oyo State Capital has disclosed that one Modupe Onitiri-Abiola as their major sponsors, as well as other sponsors in diaspora, disclosing that their mission was to pronounce Yoruba nations after the attack.

Penpushing reports that the suspect, Ismaila Malomo while speaking with journalists after being paraded by the police alongside other suspects who all dressed in military camouflage during the operations explained that the invasion was not aim to kill

The suspect disclosed that he volunteered to drive the agitators down to the secretariat in Ibadan from Idi-Iroko in Ogun State, adding that their sponsors in diaspora had been engaging them in meeting virtually before they struck

“I drove the bus; it’s my bus. I received a message from my friend here that one of our sponsors, named Modupe Abiola Onitiri, gave us an order to go and take over Oyo State government Secretariat and wait there till she comes around and pronounces the Republic Nation of Oodua’, he confessed.

“We have several people as our sponsors, but they’re in the diaspora. The ones that I can recollect for now are Modupe Abiola Onitiri, one Micky, and there are some others too. We do have virtual meetings frequently with these people’, he added.

‘And at the last meeting, they told us that they’ve secured sovereignty from the United Nations and they’ve sent letters to all the concerned bodies that very soon they will come to Ibadan to formally declare the Yoruba Nation. That’s why I followed them down here, I’m so sorry for my actions,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that another suspect, Alabi Ogundeji, a teacher at the Federal Government College, Oyo, in his confession stated that their leaders had taken the necessary steps before they invaded the secretariat, adding that their intent was not to kill or injure anyone but to declare a Yoruba Nation, which according to him, is their right, insisting that their action was legal.

“Our leaders have taken all the steps they ought to have taken on this issue. They’ve embarked on a referendum. They’ve issued almost 500 petitions; it was signed and served to all the Yoruba speaking states – Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Lagos, Ekiti, Kogi and Kwara states’, he stated.

“All these states were served with official letters and we have our own copies too. So, our action at the Oyo State government secretariat is legal. We were only there to express happiness and joy over the proclamation of Yoruba Nation; we were not there to kill anybody’, he added

Penpushing also reports that Oyo State Commissioner of Police Adebola Hamzat, while parading the suspects who struck on Saturday and later arrested described the action of the suspects as criminal and unpatriotic.

“On Saturday at about 0855hrs, information was received that some men dressed in military-like camouflage, armed with pump action semi-automatic rifles, riding on motorcycles, were sighted moving into the main city from Olomi axis of Ibadan’, he said.

‘At about 0915hrs, the hoodlums, later known as Yoruba nation agitation group were trailed to the state secretariat, spreading from the flyover to within the premises of the Governor’s Office, and hoisted their flag at the House of Assembly, proclaiming the creation of a democratic republic of the Yoruba’, Hamzat said.

“While declaring this act as criminal, unpatriotic and a clear case of treasonable felony and terrorism to be meted with adequate sanctions through purposeful prosecutions, the Command re-assures the good people of Oyo State that it remains solidly unwavering in the protection of lives and property as constitutionally required by the laws of the land’, the commissioner added.

“As a parent, I enjoin other parents, guardians and leaders in every sphere of political, religious and socio-economic influence to prevail on their children, ward, protégés and followers against being used by unpatriotic individuals to promote anarchy in the state and by extension, the nation’, he said.

Penpushing reports that the police boss, however, revealed that as a result of the incident, the security architecture of the command had been reviewed to enable it tackle the present-day realities.

The other suspects paraded include Adeyemo Joseph Oluwaseun (29); Adeyemo Peter (75) Amos Oluwatuyi Ogundeji(45) Ayanwale Rofiayat (25); Olaleye Mathew(54); Fatoki Anthony(34); Muritala Abere(40) Adepoju Ismaila(45); Fatunmbi Wasiu(30); Isaac Friday(27); Ayanwale Saburi(28); Elegbede Adebola(27); Adedamola Deniyi(29); Ojo Olufemi(52); Ajani Ezekiel(42); Adejumo Lateef(60); Ayoola David(40); Adesokan Hammed(38); and Salawudeen Wahab(56).

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