by Ayo Dada
In a show of support and relentless agitation, the supporters of Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo AKA Sunday Igboho who was declared wanted by the DSS (Department of State Services) have taken to the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to protest last Thursday’s midnight raid by the on the residence of the Yoruba nation activist.
Igboho’s house in the Sooka area of Ibadan was where the protesters gathered, from where they took to the streets around 12 noon on Wednesday.
The placard carrying protesters chanted “No retreat, no surrender!”, “Oodua Nation!”, “Sunday Igboho is not a criminal!” amongst other phrases.
One of the leaders of the protesting youths, whose name was unknown as of the time of filing this report, addressed the gathering before they took off.
He said they would march to the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji; and from there proceed to the Government House, amongst other places.
Among the demands of the protesters were,
“It is a peaceful demonstration; we are marching there to demand the release of the detained persons. We are not afraid of teargas, we are marching to demand the rights of our people”.
“We want them to bring the killers of Adogan and Alfa to book”.
“The government must pay the N500m damages as requested by Igboho’s lawyer for the destruction of his house and property during the invasion”.
“We want the Obas to make this happen within seven days,” he said.
It was widely reported that the DSS invaded the residence of Igboho in a Gestapo style around 1am on Thursday. Though Igboho escaped the raid, his house and cars were riddled with bullets while bloodstains splattered over the floors and the grounds of the house. Two of Igboho’s associates were killed by the men of the DSS. Thirteen of Igboho’s guards and close associates were also taken and later paraded in Abuja on Thursday evening.
The activist has been accused of stockpiling guns and weapons by the Nigerian secret police to allegedly destabilise the country under the guise of agitation for Yoruba nation thereby has since declared him wanted. Igboho has vehemently denied these allegations as false and a set up by the government to tarnish his image and that of his movement, (The Oodua Nation Movement), that he protects himself supernaturally and not weapons.
The DSS raid had been condemned by many Nigerians including human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, who described it as a “nocturnal coup”, arguing that no law in Nigeria allows security agents to arrest anyone in the dead of the night.
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