The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, one of Nigeria’s herdsmen umbrella bodies, has claimed that South-West governors are “hiding” wanted Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.
On July 1, 2021, the Department of State Services raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in Oyo State, detained 13 of his followers, and killed two of the activist’s associates in a “gun duel.”
Igboho, a leader of the Yoruba separatist movement, escaped the bloody raid and was later declared wanted by the secret police on suspicion of stockpiling weapons to destabilize the country, which he has denied.
The whereabouts of the Yoruba nation agitator, who rose to prominence in January after serving eviction notices on suspected killer herders in Oyo State’s Ibarapa area, are unknown.
According to The Punch, Saleh Alhassan, a spokesman for Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, said on Monday that the DSS should have raided Igboho’s house earlier.
Alhassan, on the other hand, advised the activist to turn himself into security personnel because he would be apprehended forcibly.
“It is in his (Igboho) own best interest if he submits himself peacefully so that he can face justice. Why is he running? Is he not a revolutionary?
“He should submit himself before they get him because as it is now, he has been declared wanted, he should present himself to the nearest police station,” he said.
The group’s spokesman also claimed that the South-West region’s six governors are hiding Igboho.
He said, “All his (Igboho’s) actions are political; he is being used. His godfathers in the South-West should bring him out.
“The security agencies are speaking the language he understands, they will get him. I know the governors are hiding him but they (security agents) will get him.
“The (Nigerian) State has declared him wanted. He is not more than the state. The governors keeping him should produce him.
“He declared a republic; that was a rebellion. How can you be threatening the sovereignty of the (Nigerian) State and you still have the guts to be walking around and be organising rallies?”
However, Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said it is belittling for the governors to respond to the allegation by Miyetti Allah.
When contacted for a reaction on the allegation by the herders’ group, Ojogo said, “It is not necessary, absolutely demeaning for elected governors to engage an association in a media banter.”