The Department of State Services (DSS) has refuted claims that it attempted to arrest popular Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo who is otherwise known as “Sunday Igboho”
This comes a few hours after a video obtained online showed a combined team of policemen, members of the DSS and men of the Nigerian Army reportedly attempted to nab Sunday Igboho along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Sunday Igboho, who appeared shirtless in the video was surrounded by some youths who appeared to have helped resisted his arrest by the security agents.
However, in a statement titled “DSS did not attempt to arrest Sunday Igboho” released by the Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, the security outfit denied the allegation.
The Department of State Services wishes to refute the news that it attempted to arrest one Sunday Igboho, today, at Ibadan, Oyo State. The said news is misinforming and should be taken as fake and therefore be disregarded,
Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation in a statement revealed that Sunday Igboho was on his way to see Afenifere Chieftain, Baba Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos when the incident occurred.
I just spoke to my brother Sunday Igboho. He told me there was a violent attempt to arrest him this afternoon by a joint team of soldiers, DSS operatives and policemen numbering about 40 on the Ibadan/Lagos Expressway whilst he was on his way to see Baba Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos.
I condemn this attempt to ambush and abduct him. It is not only reckless but also very dangerous. If the security agencies want to see him all they need to do is to invite him to their office. I am not aware of any crime that he has committed and I urge restraint on all sides.
Let me also send a warning to the Federal Government that Sunday Igboho is a hero to millions of Yoruba and either killing him or detaining him unlawfully would be the biggest mistake they could make. Building bridges, dialogue, and the pursuit of peace is better than intimidation, threats, violence and war. A word is enough for the wise.