The Federal Government of Nigeria has placed popular Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Igboho on a stop-list in a bid to ensure the activist does not flee the country.
According to the FG, the Yoruba Nation activist is trying to flee the country to an unknown destination. The government also stated that he has been trying to acquire a new passport.
This was contained in a letter by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and addressed to the Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS); Inspector-General of Police (IGP); and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
In the letter, the government ordered the security agencies to arrest Igboho. The government had in the past made claims that Igboho has been stockpiling ammunition to cause havoc in the country.
Recall that the operatives of the DSS fews weeks ago raided the residence of Igboho located in Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
During the raid, thirteen people were also arrested from the house. Also, seven AK-47 assault rifles; three Pump Action guns; 30 fully charged AK-47 magazines; 5,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition; five Cutlasses, One Jack knife, One Pen Knife, two Pistol holsters; One binoculars were said to have been recovered by the DSS.
Following the escape of Igboho, the DSS subsquently placed the activist on a wanted list and launched a manhunt for him.
Reacting to the raid, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement commended the operatives, saying that Igboho has allegedly inflicted pain on Nigerians.
The presidency, in the statement described Igboho as a militant ethnic secessionist, who has also been conducting acts of terror and disturbing the peace under the guise of protecting fellow ‘kinsmen’.
Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the activist has been unknown ever since the raid.
In another move, the FG has now placed Igboho on a stop-list in order to facilitate his arrest.
In the security circle, a person whose name is on the stop-list is denied all constitutional rights and privileges a citizen is entitled to.
The letter which was titled ‘Stop-listing of person: Adeyemo Sunday Adeniyi (aka Sunday Igboho), male, Nigerian, passport number A11613637, date of birth 10/10/1972’ was copied to all zonal controllers and control posts nationwide.
The letter reads, “I am directed to request that you kindly place the above-named person on stop-list. Credible intelligence revealed that Adeyemo is making efforts to obtain a police extract and/or court affidavit to enable him acquire a new Nigerian passport, apparently to facilitate his escape out of the country.
“In addition, he should be arrested wherever and whenever sighted and referred to the Director-General, Department of State Services vide letter no: S.605/A/246 dated 05 July 2021.”
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Igboho, Olayomi Koiki had debunked the claim by DSS that arms and ammunitions were recovered from Igboho’s residence.
According the Koiki, the DSS allegedly planted the arms to conspire against his principal.
Recall also that The New Diplomat had reported that the leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye; Igboho, alongside 49 other agitators had filed a 27-page petition before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In the petition, Akintoye and Igboho accused the Nigerian authorities of genocide and crimes against the Southwestern part of Nigeria.
The 27-page petition which was submitted at the ICC by an International Lawyer, Aderemilekun Omojola, Esq, alleged the Nigerian authorities of genocide offences such as killing members of the petitioners’ group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated at bringing about physical destruction in whole or in part.