MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
With less than 24 hours to the planned inauguration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria’s next president, what seems to be a fore-runner to events that may pose some threat to the incoming administration, has led to the arrest of two suspected Yoruba Nation Agitators by
the Lagos State Police Command in the early hours of Sunday.
According to police sources, the agitators, numbering about fifteen, had stormed Alausa Police Division at about 0535hrs on Sunday chanting, ‘Yoruba Nation has taken over,’ and in the process injured some police officers who attempted to disperse them.
Lagos police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police in a statement on Sunday confirmed the arrest of two of the agitators while the rest had reportedly escaped following the prompt and coordinated response of the police.
Sources said the suspects who were arrested with charms, dangerous weapons and different offensive insignias bearing Yoruba Nation Army, had stormed Alausa Police Division along with others at about the same time another set of the 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.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Idowu Owohunwa, has warned “all subversive elements to steer clear of the state as 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.”
The police spokesman said the arrested suspects were currently assisting the Police in the ongoing investigation into the subversive plans of the group as well as their network of
sponsors, all of whom he promised would soon be unveiled and brought to deserved justice in the overriding internal security interest of the State.
The police boss noted that the Command, while working in synergy with other security agencies, has maximally deployed its intelligence, human and operational assets across the length and breadth of the state to effectively suppress any ill-advised person or groups under any nomenclature who might be attempting to test the law enforcement will of the Command before, during and after the May 29, 2023 inauguration.