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DSS denies attempt to arrest Sunday Igboho despite video evidence

As Igboho advise Government to go after Boko Haram's Shekau, and Gumi instead of him


The Department of State Services (DSS) has, on Friday, denied reports that its operatives attempted to arrest Sunday Igboho in Oyo State despite video evidence to that effect.

ElombahNew had earlier reported that an attempt was made by a joint team of policemen and the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, ended in a fracas.

Igboho was reportedly on his way to meet with Afenifere chieftain when he was blocked by the security operatives who tried to whisk him away.

However, the DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya denied the incidence, saying it is fake news.

The statement by Afunanya reads:

Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho
Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho

“The Department of State Services wishes to refute the news that it attempted to arrest one Sunday Igboho, today, at Ibadan, Oyo State.

“The said news is misinforming and should be taken as fake and therefore be disregarded.”

On his part, Igboho not only confirmed the attempted arrest but advised the Federal Government to channel its energy towards arresting Boko Haram leader, Ibrahim Shekau, and Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been holding meetings with bandits.

During an interview with PUNCH on Friday while reacting to the face-off between him and security agents around the Guru Maharaji bus stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Igboho advise the Government to focus on those disrupting the peace and security of the nation instead of him.

The Yoruba activist, who has been in the news for serving a quit notice on Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the South-West, said he was never invited before they attempted to arrest him.

When asked if he would honour a police invitation, Igboho said, “Go and ask them to invite Gumi and Shekau first before disturbing me. Let them face the bandits instead.”

Igboho also said he would not run, adding that he had returned to his base in Ibadan.

When asked if he would go into hiding, he said, “What for? I am in the neighbourhood. I cannot run.”

Igboho told this newspaper that his bank account was initially frozen but the restriction was lifted recently.

He said he had done nothing wrong but fight for the rights of his people.

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