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Pandemonium broke out in Abeokuta area of Ogun state on Saturday when some self-acclaimed agitators reportedly attacked the Police headquarters in Ogun state to demand the release of some of their members arrested by the security agent in the state during a mass rally held in the state capital.
PLATFORM TIMES learnt that the state Police Command arrested no fewer than 11 of the Yoruba nation agitators who defied the police ban on the mass rally in Abeokuta.
The rally held jointly by two groups – Ilana Omo Oduduwa and Omo Kootu Ojire Omo Oduduwa Atata – took their procession around Abeokuta in defiance to the police order, barring the demonstration.
As early as 7am on Saturday, PLATFORM TIMES observed that security operatives took over the streets of Abeokuta in order to stop the rally.
Police helicopter was also sighted hovering over some areas in the state capital
It was gathered that trouble started when some of the agitators visited the palace of Alake of Egbaland, one of the venues of the rally.
It was discovered that there was a joint security operatives manning strategic positions on the street. The team was led by the Area Commander of Adatan, Ayo Edun.
Findings revealed that a young man wearing ritual gear and 10 others were arrested in front of the palace and whisked away in a police van to the State Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
PLATFORM TIMES however observed that this led to agitations by the protesters who reportedly stormed the Police headquarters in Eleweran area of the state.
The group were seen singing solitary songs, the procession comprising young men and women, toured different parts of Abeokuta and later headed to police headquarters where leaders of the group reportedly demanded release of the agitators.
It was however gathered that there was a clash between the agitators and the police officers around Eleweran when the proponents of secession demanded release of their members.
It was further gathered that the police later released those arrested on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun.
PLATFORM TIMES also learnt that the agitators on their way back from Eleweran, allegedly attacked some police men on the road, injuring a number of them.
Speaking with newsmen, the Publicity Secretary of Omo Kootu Ojire Omo Oduduwa Atata, Mr Ibukunoluwa John described the rally as peaceful and violent – free.
John said “The rally started exactly 9am and ended 4:30 pm and ended without violence. We were not part of any violence or hijacking of police rifle.
“We want to tell the public that we are not part of anything that is violent today. We had our rally. It was peaceful and nothing like violence.”
Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi accused the agitators of launching unprovoked attacks on the security operatives.
Oyeyemi said the agitators attacked the police headquarters in the state and some policemen on duty.
He confirmed that eleven of them were earlier arrested for unruly behaviour at Alake palace and were later released on the order of the Commissioner of Police ,Edward Ajogun .
The PPRO however lamented that despite the release of their members , they still went ahead to attack their men at More junction not far from the headquarters after launching attacks at the Headquarters ,Eleweran ,Abeokuta .
He said “We just woke up early in the morning and saw some group of people in front of the Alake palace conducting themselves in unruly manners . And don’t forget that one of them had issued a threat to the Alake before , so, our men went there to challenge them and they were unable to give satisfactory answer .
“Eleven of them were arrested and the Commissioner of Police directed that they should be released ,we profiled , screened and released them . Despite that we released them on the order of the Commissioner of Police , these people still went as far as Police Headquarters Eleweran to launch an attack on Police .
“Though we have already dispersed them ,but they still attacked our men at More junction . They attacked policemen who were on their lawful duty ,they attacked them for just no reason .
“We are sounding a note of warning to them .They are trying to provoke law enforcement agents ,they shoud be warned that we are law enforcement agents , we are holding our peace because we are following the rule of engagement and we don’t want to engage in an unnecessary show of force with some people.
“They should not take our civility for a licence for them to be attacking our men, it will no long be tolerated .
“We are still collating the result of their unruly behaviour and I will make that one available .”