The Oyo state capital, Ibadan, turned bad as authorities of the Department of State Security, DSS, arrested Dr. Kunle Hamzat and four others during a peaceful rally sorted out by members from the Yoruba Summit Group (an amalgamation of all Yoruba socio-social and self determination group).
According to the Vanguard: the peaceful demonstration organised by all socio-cultural groups with the theme: The future and Status of Yoruba in Nigerian Federation, was brought to an abrupt end due to the failure of the organizing committee to secure a letter of permit from the appropriate government quarters.
Dr. Hamzat was arrested around 8:00 in front of the Government House, Agodi Ibadan, where the rally was billed to take off, after which Comrade Akeem Lawal, chairman, committee for defence of human rights, alongside two other activists were arrested on the same spot.
As at the time of filing this report, the DSS was yet to comment on the development.
The Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, said it was aware of the protests across the state capitals in the south-west.
Dr Kunle Olajide said protests of that nature were constitutional if they did not breach the law of the land.
“Why should they be arrested? I’m aware that the protests against continued insecurity in the south-west would take place in all the state capitals in the zone. He said.
He added, It was organised some Yoruba groups. “The protest was legitimate and constitutional except they breached any known law. I have not heard about their arrests. I will get in touch with the leader of the group.”