Sunday Adeyemo, better known as ‘Sunday Igboho’, has queried his attempted arrest by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria Army and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Friday.
Igboho established that the Nigeria Police were not involved in the operation that happened at Guru Maharaji junction in Ibadan while he was on a trip to Lagos for a peace meeting with Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere.
He said he was no criminal and had committed no sin other than “fighting for the protection” of his people.
Speaking with Reuben Abati at City 105.1 FM on Saturday afternoon, Igboho said: “While I was travelling to Lagos for a peace talk with Pa Adebanjo on Yoruba affairs, I was accosted by men of DSS, NSCDC and Nigeria Army. Honestly, the Police were not there.
“There was a brief traffic congestion at Guru Maharaji junction, where I suspected that the officers were trying to stage my arrest.
“In a jiffy, all these operatives drove ahead of my Hilux car and started shouting. They shot in the air and insisted on searching my car.”
In a 30-second video that circulated on Friday, Igboho was seen topless while chasing the officers of the Oyo State Joint Security Task Force, codenamed ‘Operation Burst’, who accompanied some other security agents.
Before now, Igboho was known as a Yoruba warlord who possesses metaphysical power to command guns from the air.
He is currently fronting the fight against insecurity in the Southwest.
“One of the DSS operatives rumbled my cloth around my neck. That’s why I decided to put off the cloth for him,” he continued.
“I want all Nigerians to help me ask them the reason for that unfair treatment. I am a citizen of Nigeria who has legal businesses and pays his tax.”
He further questioned the attempted arrest, saying: “Am I a criminal? What is my sin to deserve that treatment? Is it because I am fighting for the protection of my people? They are killing and raping our people but they do nothing about that.”
Ighoho accused the Deputy Director of DSS in Oyo state of leading the operation, but the DSS however debunked the report. Peter Afunanya, Public Relations Officer, said the news was misinforming and should be taken as fake.
After the abortive operation, FIJ confirmed that Igboho indeed had a meeting with Adebanjo in the latter’s house.
He also paid a courtesy visit to Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland before returning to Ibadan the same day.
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