Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Thursday, condemned the early morning attack on the residence of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, by gunmen suspected to be operatives of the Department of State Services and troops of the Nigerian Army.
Afenifere said the attack on Igboho’s house signalled a return to the dark days of the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, warning that a “dark cloud is descending on Nigeria”.
Igboho’s house was attacked between 1am and 2:30am on Thursday by gunmen whom he claims are DSS operatives and troops of the Nigerian Army.
Two persons were killed in the attack while cars and other valuable items were destroyed.
Afenifere, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, said, “The news of fatal attack on the residence of Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, in the early hours of Thursday, July 1, 2021 is a sad indicator that we are fast returning to the era of the late Sani Abacha when anyone who expressed opinions contrary to government’s position would be fatally attacked.
“Nigerians woke up this morning to the unsavoury news of an attack on the residence of the Yoruba activist, Igboho, in Soka area of Ibadan by armed men reportedly in army and DSS uniforms. Reports have it that the invaders came in 15 vehicles.
“The attack came less than 72 hours to the plan by Igboho and others to hold a rally in Lagos to further canvass for a Yoruba nation this Saturday. The manner of attack indicated culpability on the part of those in authority.
“We are forced into this deduction for a number of reasons. Firstly, eye witness accounts indicated that vehicles and uniforms of the attackers were that of the security agencies. Secondly, the failure of security agencies to confront the attackers further implicated the government.
“We recall with sadness how voices that were opposed to the dictatorial tendencies of Abacha regime were under serious attacks. We recalled how patriots like General Alani Akinrinade, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Pa Alfred Rewane, etc were attacked, resulting in the untimely and gruesome murder of Pa Rewane.”
Afenifere said the attack on Igboho’s house confirmed that government security agencies have become emboldened in violating the rights of the citizens.
It urged the Federal Government to “stop any plan to harm Igboho or any other person not known to contravene the laws of the land”.