Yoruba Nation Agitators Forcefully Reopen Idiroko Border

Some Yoruba nation agitators on Saturday stormed the land border located at Idiroko, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State and forcefully opened the border.

The agitators, however, were repelled by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service who were manning the border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.

Recall that the Federal Government closed the border in 2019 when it directed that all forms of importation be done through the seaports.

A video which was spotted online showed a gun being snatched away from an Immigration officer.

A man who was dressed in a yellow T-Shirt can be seen in the 19-minute-and-23 -second video clip shooting the gun into the air to the admiration of others at the scene.

People could be heard in the video calling on soldiers and other security agents to come out and shoot.

They destroyed the gates at the border, screaming, “We have opened the border at Idi-Iroko!”

The agitators also asked people to begin their importing business through the route.

A young man who was trying to record the incident with his mobile phone, was attacked and beaten to a pulp.

The incident was confirmed by the spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1 Area Command, Hammed Oloyede.

He, however, said the agitators were repelled.

“There was no attack on our patrol bases or checkpoints. Those guys were just doing their own. They tried to attack one patrol point, but it was repelled. The situation is under control. There is no problem,” he said.

The spokesman for the Yoruba nation agitation, Sunday Igboho, in a video commended the actions of the agitators.

He accused the Federal Government of shutting down the land borders in the South-West while those in the North were open.