Oyo state bans Boko Haram-like Islamic sect


The government of the western Nigerian state of Oyo has proscribed the Arsuna Islamic Sect over its alleged involvement in nefarious activities ranging from rape to murder.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Taiwo Otegbeye, announced the decision in Ibadan on Friday at a news conference.

“The State Executive Council has approved the proscription of Arsuna Islamic Sect over allegations of rape, murder and slavery,” he said.

Otegbeye said that some members of the sect, under the leadership of Yunus Adefobi, were being tried in court for various offences.

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He said that government took the decision based on complaints from the Islamic Community in Iseyin.

“Oyo State Government took the decision to forestall the emergence of Boko Haram in this part of the country,’’ the commissioner said.

Otegbeye said the meeting, held on Sept.19, also gave approval for the development of 45 units of luxury apartments and installation of solar-powered traffic lights at Agodi Parliament Junction.

He said that the construction of the luxury apartments would cost N1.667 billion while the traffic light would cost N350 million.

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