“…We did not attempt to arrest him,” says DSS
Attempt by Nigerian security operatives to arrest Sunday Ighoho today, Friday, ended in smokes as the Yoruba ethnic activist mysteriously escaped from their midst, leaving them bewildered.
This was disclosed by former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode who said about 40 security operatives made the attempt to forcefully apprehend the activist but failed.
But the Department of State Security (DSS) has said it made no attempt to arrest the man.
Taking to his Twitter, Fani Kayode wrote- “I just spoke to my brother Sunday Igboho. He told me there was a violent attempt to arrest him this afternoon by a joint team of soldiers, DSS operatives & policemen numbering about 40 on the Ibadan/Lagos Expressway whilst he was on his way to see Baba Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos.
“I condemn this attempt to ambush and abduct him. It is not only reckless but also very dangerous. If the security agencies want to see him all they need to do is to invite him to their office.
“I am not aware of any crime that he has committed and I urge restraint on all sides. Let me also send a warning to the FG that Sunday Igboho is a hero to millions of Yorubas and either killing him or detaining him unlawfully would be the biggest mistake they could make.
“Building bridges, dialogue and the pursuit of peace is better than intimidation, threats, violence and war. A word is enough for the wise.”
However, the DSS has denied any attempt to arrest Igboho, adding that the story is false.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, DSS called the report a piece of misinformation.
“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,” the statement said.