Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, says the recent assault on his person by the operatives of the Department of State Services was an attempt to murder him.
The activist also said he pulled off his shirt because one of the DSS operatives roughs handled him and violently held onto his shirt around his neck area.
Igboho stated this on Saturday while featuring on a radio programme, ‘ City Talks with Reuben Abati’.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that pandemonium broke out on Friday along the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway when Igboho and his supporters were on their way to meet with 93-year -old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo.
In a viral video , a shirtless Igboho was seen with his men daring the security operatives and throwing expletives. Many have since wondered why the activist whom many believed to have metaphysical powers and known to wear traditional bulletproof vest was topless during the face-off.
But speaking during the radio programme monitored by The PUNCH, Igboho said,
“ Why I pull off my cloth was that one of the DSS operatives violently held onto my shirt . So, I decided to pull off the cloth and give it to him for us to drag the matter.
“ They started shooting when we began to drag the matter. The whole episode was an embarrassment for me. I am a responsible man, I am a Yoruba citizen, I am fighting for the rights of the Yoruba people. They don’t have to embarrass me. ”
Continuing, the rights activist said, “ I’ m a businessman. I pay my tax to the Federal Government every month and I have evidence of tax payment . Should I be going on the road and some people attempt to kill me? For what? Why do they want to kill me because their plan on Friday was to assassinate me? Why?
“ There is insecurity in the country. Fulani people are raping our people and killing our people in the forests but the security operatives are not going there to confront them. Instead, they are offered ransom. It is just sad that the government is threatening the common man living peacefully in the country. It should not be so.”
Igboho also said a joint team of DSS operatives, soldiers, and civil defence were on the Friday mission to arrest him , noting that there was no policeman on the team .
Though the DSS denied the attempted arrest but Yoruba socio – political group , Afenifere; Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana ( SAN) , amongst others have since condemned the DSS attempt.
Igboho rose to prominence last month when he issued an eviction notice to herdsmen accused of sundry crimes in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State and enforced same.
Presidential spokesman , Garba Shehu, had said the Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu, ordered the arrest of the rights activist but many Nigerians had condemned such move, insisting that the security agencies should instead summon popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi , who has been seen hobnobbing with bandits in the forests of Zamfara and Niger States of late .
See what IPOB told DSS about ARMS( Details)
The indigenous people of Biafra has said it produces it’s arms locally.
This was in response to allegation credited to the Department of State services that IPOB was plotting to attack Banks to get money to purchase arms.
The media and publicity secretary of the group Emma Powerful described the allegation as a poor script. Saying their arms are produced locally.
While assuring banks in the area of their safety he said IPOB members are freedom fighters not criminals .
According to the this was a plot by the DSS to spread wicked propaganda to blackmail Eastern security Network and IPOB and dent our image .
Nigeria Is Number 1 Importer In Africa- WTO
The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday revealed that Nigeria is the number one importer of commercial services in Africa in 2020.
WTO made the revelation in a data released on Friday.
The Geneva-based international trade organization ranked Nigeria as the 25th commercial importer in the world but the first commercial importer in Africa, followed by Egypt which was ranked 28th in the world.
While Egypt and Morocco made the list of world exporters led by the United States, Nigeria was conspicuously absent in the global commercial exporters’ list.
The US also ranked first in the commercial importers’ list followed by China, United Kingdom and Japan; while US, UK, China and India topped the exporters’ list.
WTO noted that preliminary estimates were based on quarterly statistics.
“Figures for the number of countries and territories have been estimated by the Secretariat.”
“Data for 2020 are not yet available for the United Arab Emirates. In 2019, commercial services exports were valued at US$72 billion and imports at US$73 billion,”
Living faith Church(Winners) to spend N160 Billion on New 100,000 seater Auditorium.
The living faith Church founded by Bishop David oyedepo is to spend over N160 billion to build 100,000 seater Auditorium known as “The Ark”
Ground breaking ceremony for The Ark was carried out by Bishop Oyedepo in March 2021.
It is sited on about 1,000 hectares of land withing the premises of the current Church building , The ark will specifically accommodate 106,000 seats and will include 24-floor mission Tower made up of two twin towers of 12 floors each.
Upon completion the existing 50,000 seaters faith Tabernacle will serve as an overflow facility .
Oyedepo has said members will not be tasked for the project
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