Yoruba Groups Condemn Alleged Plan to Arrest Sunday Igboho, Tackle Police IG

Two Yoruba groups; Afenifere and the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) have strongly criticized a purported plan to arrest popular Yoruba freedom campaigner; Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise known as Sunday Igboho,
Pa Ayo Adebanjo, leader of the Afenifere group described the invitational letter as showing that Nigeria is under civilian dictatorship.

Pa Adebanjo, in an interview with Nigerian Tribune, recalled a similar incident that led to the death of Giwa who received a letter without knowing it contained a bomb.
He explained that Igboho’s refusal to accept the invitation letter was understandable as this is a perilous time.
Pa Adebanjo said: “The action shows that Nigeria is under civilian dictatorship under Buhari. “What is the letter for? That was how they sent a letter with a bomb to Dele Giwa.

“We are not in a normal situation at all. This is a time where people die without any traces. So, there is the need for people to be careful.”
He advised Igboho to be vigilant, stating that he had the right to pursue what is right in a democratic setting.
Also, the Secretary General of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr. Kunle Olajide, wondered why leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) who he said had repeatedly insulted law and decency have not been so invited by the Inspector General of Police.

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When contacted for confirmation of the story, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said that the state Police Command had nothing to do with the letter of invitation from the Nigeria Police Force.
The PPRO said that information reaching the state command had it that the invitation was from the Force Criminal Investigation Department in Abuja, which, it was learnt, was rejected by Igboho.

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Adeyemo; through his spokesperson; Olayomi Koiki had stated that he (Sunday Igboho) neither accepted the letter, which was sent to him on Thursday via a courier service and a copy of the letter meant to be delivered by 15 police officers, nor honored the invitation.
Sunday Igboho stated security as one the reasons he declined the IGP letter, citing the death of foremost journalist, Dele Giwa, via a mail bomb explosion in 1986.


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