April 18, 2024

Yoruba nation: Oyo govt demolishes Onitiri-Abiola’s residence

Yoruba nation: Oyo govt demolishes Onitiri-Abiola’s residence

•As Police arraign 29 suspects in court

By Laolu Elijah

THE Oyo State government, yesterday, demolished the building where Mrs Modupe Onitiri-Abiola, who declared that Yorubaland had become a sovereign nation.

The storey-building is located in the Oluyole area of Ibadan.

In a viral video, it was revealed that the house was pulled down following the discovery by security agents that the house was also being used as an armoury.

Vanguard gathered that she recorded the broadcast there then left the house before sending it on social media.

A source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said the suspect who has been in the run was using one of the rooms downstairs to store weapons, camouflage uniforms, boots and other items.

Though, there was no one to confirm it, the state government has reportedly confiscated the building.

The source said: “When the demolition was ongoing, all neighbours around denying seeing her. But, some of them said she lives in that house.”

Security men and those who carried out the demolition order were seen hanging around the house.

A room where the broadcast was believed to have been made was turned upside down with all personal effects littering the floor.

A larger part of the building was completely demolished while a part was left standing.

Police arraign 29 Yoruba National suspects in court

Meanwhile, the 29 suspected members of the Yoruba Nation, arrested in connection with last Saturday’s invasion of the Oyo State House of Assembly and the Governor’s office were, yesterday, arraigned in court.

 The suspects are standing trial before the Chief Magistrate Court for their involvement in the invasion which ruptured the peace of Ibadan metropolis and its environs.

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They were arraigned on a seven-count charge which borders on treasonable felony and unlawful society before an Iyaganku Magistrate Court in Ibadan.

Other charges against the accused are illegal possession of firearms, and conduct likely to cause breach of peace of the society.

The suspects were charged by the Investigative Police Officer, Bakare Rasaq, an Inspector with the State Criminal Investigation Department in Iyaganku in Ibadan.

 The offences levelled against them in the charge sheet marked Mi/520c/2024, according to the police, is in contravention of Section 516 of the Criminal Code

 Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Adebola Hamzat had paraded 21 suspects on Monday.

They have arrested eight more suspects in connection with the crime.