Three persons were on Wednesday arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, after a planned June 12 rally torganised by the Yoruba Summit Group in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital was stopped.
The rally, scheduled to hold in front of the Government House, Agodi Arcade, was organised by Yoruba Summit Group, a coalition of all socio-cultural and self-determination groups in Yorubaland, was planned to discuss insecurity in the South-West.
The DSS operatives arrived in about five buses at the venue at 7am and barricaded the area.
A public affairs analyst and state Coordinator of the Oodua Coalition Against Insurgency and Kidnapping in Yorubaland, Dr Tunde Hamzat, a female activist identified as Princess Oyeronke and a sound system operator, who was at the venue to provide his services, we’re arrested and taken to the state headquarters of the DSS at Aleshinloye.
The National Public Relations Officer of the Odua Peoples Congress (New Era), Adesina Akinpelu, confirmed the development.
“We got the necessary approval, but we were surprised to see men of the DSS arriving much earlier, even before the coalition members, with the intent to stop the rally,” Akinpelu said.
Akinpelu, who insisted they were still looking for other leaders of the coalition, said the botched rally was tagged o to ge (enough is enough) to commemorate the June 12 Democracy Day.
He added: “The rally was called to address the issue of insecurity in the land and safeguard Yoruba people who are becoming endangered in the land through incessant kidnappings and wanton attacks on their farmlands.
“We don’t want to take the law into our own hands and that’s why we called the meeting to drum it to the hearing of Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, that aside declaring June 12 Democracy Day, he should also tackle the issue of insecurity in our land.”
According to him, all entreaties by leaders of the group fell on deaf ears of the security operatives who claimed to be acting on “orders from above.”
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