The Federal Government has placed popular Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called, Sunday Igboho, on the stop-list after reported attempts to acquire a new passport and escape Nigeria.
The Buhari-led government said it has directed security agencies to arrest Igboho anywhere he is found.
This was contained in a letter by the Nigeria Immigration Service dated July 9, 2021, and addressed to the Director-General, Department of State Services, DSS, the Inspector General of Police and the DG, National Intelligence Agency, NIA.
In the security circle, a person whose name is on the stop-list is denied all constitutional rights and privileges a citizen is entitled to.
Recall that Igboho has been declared wanted by the DSS on allegations of stockpiling arms to destabilise the country, which he has since denied, but his whereabouts remain unknown.
Ever since his home at Soka, Ibadan was attacked by operatives of DSS and other security agencies on July 1, 2021, killing some of his aides and taken his wife and other family members away, Igboho’s whereabouts has remained unknown.
The NIS letter titled ‘Stop-listing of person: Adeyemo Sunday Adeniyi (aka Sunday Igboho), male, Nigerian, passport number A11613637, date of birth 10/10/1972’ was signed by Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration, Investigation and Compliance, A.B. Baba, on behalf of the Comptroller General and was copied to all zonal controllers and control posts nationwide.
“I am directed to request that you kindly place the above-named person on stop-list. Credible intelligence revealed that Adeyemo is making efforts to obtain a police extract and/or court affidavit to enable him acquire a new Nigerian passport, apparently to facilitate his escape out of the country,” it reads.
“In addition, he should be arrested wherever and whenever sighted and referred to the Director-General, Department of State Services vide letter no: S.605/A/246 dated 05 July 2021.”
However, the NIS spokesman, Amos Okpu said he was not aware of the letter. He added that he had no update on the manhunt for Igboho.
He said, “I’m not aware of the letter. Has Ighoho been declared wanted? Well, I don’t have any information on him.”