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Oyo State Government Demolishes Yoruba Nation Agitators Hideout Based on Court Order

The Oyo State Government clarified on Thursday that the demolition of a building suspected to be a hideout for Yoruba Nation agitators in Ibadan was carried out based on a court order. The demolition occurred on Tuesday, targeting structures used by the agitators who had stormed the state Secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan, on April 7, 2024.

William Akin-Funmilayo, the Commissioner for Lands, Housing, Survey, and Urban Development, explained the government’s position to reporters at the demolished sites located in Shagari area, Toye Oyesola Street, Boluwaji, and Zone 4, Irorun Oluwa Community, Fatusi Ayegun Road, Odo Dudu area, Oluyole Local Government Area.

Akin-Funmilayo emphasized that the demolition was carried out in compliance with a state High Court order, specifically targeting buildings allegedly owned by Yoruba Nation agitators. The court order cited concerns of possible weapon and firearm storage, posing a threat to peace and tranquility in the state.

He reassured residents of the government’s commitment to ensuring their safety and urged them to promptly report any suspicious activities to the authorities. Additionally, he highlighted the importance of community vigilance in maintaining security.

Members of the Landlords and Landladies Association in Irorun Oluwa Community reported suspicious movements of the agitators during a meeting on Saturday and promptly alerted the police, who responded swiftly.

In a related development, the government demolished a facility suspected of illegal mining activities, particularly the processing and packaging of lithium, in Idi Ayunre, Oluyole Local Government Area. This action followed a court order obtained for the purpose of shutting down the facility, which was initially intended for recycling batteries and tires.

Governor Seyi Makinde had previously ordered the closure of the facility on February 28, 2024, due to concerns over its operations.

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