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Leave Igboho, arrest Iskilu Wakili, Ibarapa indigenes tell police, DSS


Any attack on South-East is an assault on Yoruba Nation — Igboho warns army

Residents of Ibarapaland in Oyo State have asked security agencies to desist from their attempt to arrest Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho.

The residents urged the Nigeria Police Force and the men of the Department of State Services to rather go after Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili, and bring an end to his tyrannical reign in the Ayete area of Ibarapaland.

An attempt to arrest Igboho on his way to meet with 93-year-old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, led to resistance from the activist and his supporters on Friday along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

In a viral video, a shirtless Igboho was seen with his men daring the security operatives and throwing expletives. The DSS and the police later denied attempting to arrest Igboho following the outrage that greeted the faceoff.

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Commenting on the development, the Convener, Igangan Development Advocates, Oladiran Oladokun, told The PUNCH on Saturday that the attempt to arrest Igboho was an attack on the Yoruba people.

Igboho had in January issued an eviction notice to herdsmen accused of sundry crimes in Ibarapaland and enforced same.

Oladokun, who spoke on behalf of the people of Ibarapaland, said, “There is no how we can disconnect the attempted arrest of Chief Sunday Igboho from the event that happened in Igangan. As the oppressed and the subjugated ones, we being the one that Sunday Igboho came to liberate, we will not stand for any attempt to arrest him.

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“I speak on behalf of all Ibarapa indigenes and I beg all Yoruba people to wake up and see any form of arrest of Chief Sunday Igboho as a final attack against the Yoruba race and we must not stand for it. The man dies in him who keeps silent in the face of tyranny.

“The police, the DSS should rather arrest Iskilu Wakili, they should rather put Seriki Saliu behind bars if Buhari who controls the DSS really wants to prove the purity of his ethnicity, if he wants to prove the morality and the integrity that he portends, he should ought to rather fish out the criminal-minded ones among the Fulani people.”

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Wakili, a Fulani herdsman whose origin the villagers don’t know, is said to be more infamous than the ejected Seriki Fulani, Abdulkadri Saliu. Farmers and residents of Ibarapaland have accused him of displacing them from their farms. He has also been accused of rape, kidnapping, amongst others.

This newspaper had reported that Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said the men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, aka Amotekun, have been mandated to go after Wakili but the residents of Ayete said Wakili has not been apprehended.