- Some traditional rulers in southwest have asked the federal government to compensate Sunday Igboho's aide
- The aides are presently in custody after they were arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services during a raid on Igboho's house
- According to the traditional rulers, the killings of people in Igboho's house was needless and should not have happened
A message has been sent to the federal government. The message is simple - Release and compensate the aides of Sunday Igboho.
The aides were arrested while two others were killed by operatives of the Department of State Services during a raid on his Ibadan residence.
The monarchs, under the aegis of Forum of the Yoruba Obas, in a statement also demanded compensation for the families of those killed during the raid.
The statement was signed by the president of the forum and Molokun of Atijere Kingdom, Ondo state, Oba Samuel Adeoye (Edema I); its general secretary, Dr Abdulrasaq Abioye, Olukotun of Ikotun Ile, Kwara state; and 17 others, Sahara Reporters added.
The monarchs said:
“We believe the killing by the officers of the DSS is unwarranted and unjustifiable, a violent breach of the fundamental right of those who were killed by the overzealous officers in Sunday Adeyemo’s house. We hereby call for the immediate release of those arrested at his residence. We demand that there must be an adequate compensation for the family of those people who were murdered during the operation.”
Northern group accuses Southern Governors Forum of shielding Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho
The CNG was specifically referring to one of the resolutions of the forum asking security agencies to get clearance from state governors before embarking on any mission in their domain.
The northern group was also making a veiled reference to secessionists in the south like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is currently in government custody and Sunday Igboho who was recently declared wanted by the authorities.
Human rights lawyer, Chief Femi Falana (SAN), says there is no law that supports citizens to be arrested in the dead of the night. Falana made the comment in reaction to the raid on the house of popular Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo.
He stressed that the raid is a dangerous legacy of military dictatorship in Nigeria, adding that the secret police must be civilised in its engagement.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria went on to note that the controversies surrounding the raid would have been unnecessary if the DSS had behaved like a modern agency.
DSS declares Sunday Igboho wanted
In a related development, DSS declared the self-acclaimed activist wanted. This was made known by the DSS on Thursday night, July 1, at a press briefing in Abuja.
It was gathered that Nigeria’s secret police confirmed gunning down two of Igboho’s allies while the rest were subdued and arrested.
While noting that Igboho is presently on the run, Afunanya advised the activist to turn himself in as the government will definitely track him.