The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, is believed to be under serious political pressure to arrest Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, for calling for the secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria.
It was learnt that the police may again attempt to carry out a covert operation to take Igboho into custody having failed to arrest him last month.
Findings indicate that the police authorities are in a dilemma on how to contain the activist who has been demanding the secession of the Yoruba from the country, following the failure of the Federal Government to curb the insecurity in the South-West.
Security resources said the police are being careful not to disillusioned the delicate safety state of affairs inside the South-West, which might also emerge as aggravated if Igboho is forcefully arrested.
This, Saturday broadcast collected, informed the selection of the police to invite Igboho.
A senior police officer, who spoke to considered one of our correspondents on situation of anonymity, said, “The IG has been beneath political stress to arrest Igboho but some leaders from the South-West have also counseled in opposition to Igboho’s arrest to keep away from throwing the place into chaos. Igboho has a large following which might also react violently if he is arrested. The police government are in a quandary over the problem but I assume the IG succumbed to strain from authorities hawks who’re uncomfortable with Igboho’s trenchant calls for the disintegration of the united states.”
The activist had on Friday confirmed that the IG sent letters to him however his safety team refused to simply accept the letter, citing worry for his safety.
In a declaration with the aid of his media aide, Olayomi Koiki, Igboho said a letter turned into sent to him on Thursday via courier provider at the same time as every other changed into added to his house by about 15 policemen.
The announcement examine, “We would really like to tell the worldwide network and each Nigerian that this morning, 1st of April, 2021, a letter become despatched through DHL to Chief Sunday Igboho however the letter became not acquired by way of his protection crew.
“Later round 3pm of the same day, a group of about six men with out uniform arrived in a (Toyota) Corolla automobile and some other nine were in police uniform however all have been recognized as law enforcement officials.
“They desired to peer Chief Sunday Igboho with a letter said to were addressed to him by way of the Inspector-General of Police. Again, the letter become now not received with the aid of Chief Sunday’s security team.
“Chief Sunday would like to know why a letter was sent to him and for what motive. If the IG of Police desires to invite him, we would really like him to first ship the equal letter to all the bandits and Boko Haram contributors killing our moms and farmers and those kidnapping them.
“Since the IG of Police wants to invite him, he ought to make a public announcement addressed to Chief Sunday Igboho. We must all bear in mind how a letter turned into despatched to the overdue Dele Giwa.”
Igboho became a subject of interest to authorities after he served a observe to quit on Fulani herdsmen in a few parts of the South-West in January.
The police first try and arrest him turned into on Febuary 26 while he was accosted by using safety marketers across the Guru Maharaji bus forestall along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The flow changed into, but, foiled by using the activist’s fans.
Speaking with journalist on Saturday , Igboho had stated he did not recognise why he was being centered, advising the Federal Government to consciousness taking pictures with Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and invite Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who were meeting with bandits and soliciting for amnesty for them.
He stated, “I became in no way invited. They just lay in ambush for me at Guru Maharaji and began taking pictures. They started out shouting, ‘Where is Sunday Igboho?’ I diagnosed myself and requested them what the problem turned into. They said I was beneath arrest and I stated, ‘For what? On my father’s land?’ That changed into the way it degenerated.
“When they noticed how irritating anywhere was, they fled. They got here in 4 Hilux vehicles and a Toyota Land Cruiser. There are bandits working everywhere in the location however human beings like me who’re protecting our homeland are the ones you need to arrest. Why?”
Asked if the police had invited him, he said, “I even have now not been invited. What have I performed to warrant an arrest? Why do they want to arrest me? What have I completed?”
On whether or not he would honour a police invitation if invited, Igboho said, “Go and ask them to ask Gumi and Shekau first earlier than stressful me. Let them face the bandits as an alternative.”
Asked if he would pass into hiding, he stated, “What for? I am inside the neighbourhood. I can’t run.”
Igboho also informed the press on Saturday that his bank account was frozen for some time earlier than the restrict changed into later lifted.
Igboho proper to reject purported IG’s invitation – YCE scribe
The Secretary General of Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide, sponsored Igboho’s choice to reject the IG’s letter of invitation, pronouncing it become suspicious.
Olajide, who said this in an interview with one in every of our correspondents in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Friday, stated that it became risky to acquire this kind of letter particularly with the state of affairs of factors inside the u . S . A ..
He brought that it turned into now not suitable to have invited Igboho to Abuja, given the harmful state of roads in the us of a.
Olajide said if the police had any question for Igboho, he could be engaged by using senior cops in Ibadan, in place of having to tour to Abuja.
Olajide said, “The police, of their shape, have the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police and different senior police officers. Apart from the police, there is a director heading the Department of State Services in every nation, so sending the letter from the IG to Sunday Igboho looks suspicious.
“Even if the invitation is from the IG, I could have predicted him to direct his officials in Oyo State to fulfill Igboho and talk with him. It is volatile to take such a letter and I personally will no longer take any such letter. The letter raises suspicion, in my personal view.
“It is even volatile to ask anyone all the way from Ibadan to Abuja. The threat at the toll road is there. There are officers round within the nation who may want to ask him any query the police need to ask him. I accept as true with him not to have obtained the letter due to the fact human beings have received letters in the past which turned out to be parcel bombs.”
The YCE scribe delivered that he might be amazed if Igboho’s guess as to the cause for the invitation become accurate.
He stated, “I might be amazed because Miyetti Allah has said worse matters on national tv and within the newspapers and no person invited them for interrogation.
“Our security businesses should be impartial and no longer be partisan so that humans will not agree with that a selected ethnic institution is advanced to the others. That is crucial in particular at this crucial factor where there’s mutual suspicion the various ethnic organizations.”
Activist has violated no law, SANs tell IG
Also reacting, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, said he didn’t realize of any law that Igboho violated via refusing to just accept the letter from the IG. The SAN brought that the activist had motives to be afraid given the occasions in which the letter was to be brought.
Adedipe stated, “I do now not realize of any law that asserts if a letter is to be delivered to you, you could say no or you could accept it. I could no longer say that he has breached any law through refusing to just accept the letter from the Inspector-General of Police. That is not a criminal offense, due to the fact in case you say some thing is a crime or is unlawful, there must be in life, because the constitution requires, a selected regulation, whose aspect provisions are spelt out and penalty supplied for non-observance of such law. So, if a letter is to be brought to a man and he stated, ‘I am not accepting the letter.’ That isn’t an offence.”
The SAN said so as no longer to create anxiety, the IG may want to have invited Igboho on telephone or send one or two policemen to supply the letter in place of a large variety of cops.
Adedipe added, “If the person (IG) wishes to invite him (Igboho), he ought to either put a name thru to him or send one or two policemen to supply the letter, and now not ship a contingent of nine men to supply a letter. What type of letter is that? Are they sporting an elephant? When you had to ship an entire contingent, the man is proper to be apprehensive.”
Similarly, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), stated it was morally wrong for the police to go after Igboho while the leaders of Miyetti Allah had no longer been invited or arrested for his or her movements.
Ozekhome, who stated Igboho had come to be the face of the Yoruba’s conflict for self-dedication, said arresting him could be counter-efficient.
He said, “I will suggest the police to first arrest leaders of Miyetti Allah who have come out serially to very own as much as many killings, mayhem, invasion of farmlands and rape of harmless women before contemplating Igboho.
“Igboho’s requires Yoruba sovereignty are simply verbal. The acts of Miyetti Allah are overt and visible with the aid of absolutely everyone. Calls for self-determination are valid. This is recognized with the aid of global instruments and enterprises, along with the UNO, African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, AU, EU and others.
“More important is the fact that Igboho is sporting the brand new face of the struggle for Yoruba’s quest for self-determination. Arresting or detaining him will be counter-productive.”
Also speakme, a former Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Monday Ubani, stated Igboho had reasons to be afraid for his lifestyles. He cautioned the activist to honour the IG’s invitation, observed with the aid of his legal professional, in order no longer to appear like a lawless person.
Ubani said, “He (Igboho) turned into pronouncing he changed into frightened of parcel bomb; you know the way Dele Giwa died; he’s being cautious. But for me, if the letter comes from the IG, although he did now not receive it for the sake of his safety, he should try and honour the invitation of the IG if the content material of that letter is made regarded to him, as to what time he is wanted at the IG’s workplace. But I need him to make sure that he is going there together with his attorneys. The Yoruba aren’t quick of exact attorneys; they need to go along with him to ensure that his rights aren’t violated.
“I will endorse him to honour the invitation and no longer allow it appearance that he is dishonouring the invitation of the IG and then probable seem lawless. If the invitation is genuinely from the IG, I will want him to honour that invitation.”
FG can’t arrest Igboho with out picking Gumi, others – Falana
Reacting to the botched try and arrest Igboho in January, human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), had said it’d be wrong for the Federal Government to arrest Igboho and not select up Islamic cleric, Gumi, who were meeting with bandits, and other northerners who had within the past issued notices to give up to southerners.
Falana stated as opposed to cognizance on Igboho, the government must ensure that justice become applied equitably.
He stated, “Sunday Igboho should not be arrested because those who had issued cease notices inside the beyond have been no longer arrested. Someone like Gumi, who is causing non secular division inside the army, has now not been arrested. Unless they are ready to undertake the identical standard, you can not arrest Igboho.
“Those who gave cease notices in the past were by no means arrested. In any case, the DSS has denied trying to arrest him. However, you can’t arrest him.”