Police have confirmed the arrest of five suspected Yoruba nation agitators who disrupted broadcast activities at Amuludun FM in the early hours of Sunday.
There have been reports that the suspected agitators invaded the station while voicing their disapproval of the station’s refusal to regularly broadcast their activities.
The General Manager of the station, Mr. Stephen Agbaje, confirmed the development but stressed that the situation had been brought under control by the security agencies as three men and one woman had been arrested.
“Some group of agitators came around in the night, and took over the station, but the situation has been brought under control by the security agents. They were able to recover the station, and some arrests have been made,” he said.
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While reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer, Wale Osifeso, said some members of a group driven by separatist agenda had “forcefully hijacked a radio broadcast station, Amuludun 99.1 FM located around Moniya, Ibadan with the intent to declare liberation from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Affirming that no one was hurt in the well-coordinated rescue operation, he said that investigation was ongoing.
He added that the following suspects in possession of various criminal charms were arrested in connection with the incident; Noah Atoyebi ‘M’ 30yrs, Gbenga Adeleke ‘M’ 25yrs, Abdulganiyu Mustafa Kolawole ‘M’ 35yrs, Bashiru Kehinde O. ‘F’ and Fajola Elija ‘M’ 45yrs.
Activities have since resumed at the station.
Meanwhile, Prof. Banji Akintoye, leader of the umbrella body of Yoruba Nation Self Determination Struggle has condemned the act of the suspects, describing it as ‘criminal and a breach of public peace’.