A prominent Biafra separatist on social media who deploys the name, Emeka Gift, shared a video of Yoruba Nation lead agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as ‘Igboho’, issuing a quit notice to herders based in Nigeria’s Southwest region.
Gift, an apparent member of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with an active presence on Facebook and Twitter, claimed in his post that Igboho “threatened” herdsmen “in a new video”.
He posted the clip on Friday, August 12, 2022.
The 9-second video has garnered over 100 shares and 3,000 views as of the time of publishing this report. It showed a displeased Igboho codemixing and speaking to a combined security team of men of the Nigerian Army, officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
“I don’t want any herdsmen in our land again Sunday Igboho in a new video threatens, his media spokesperson said on Twitter “Mega Rally loading “,” Gift wrote on his known page.
But is Gift’s claim correct? Newsbreak.ng checks this assertion.
In July 2021, Igboho was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic for alleged falsification of his passport.
Prior to his arrest, the Department of State Services (DSS) had declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling weapons in his residence in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The agitator was detained in a prison in Benin Republic but was released in March 2022 to get medical attention on the condition that he would not leave the French-speaking country.
Igboho is presently in the Republic of Benin — not in Nigeria. The video clearly showed him openly speaking to Nigerian security operatives.
A scrupulous review of the video posted by Gift, which is being circulated and reshared by separatists who are pushing for Nigeria to break up, uncovered that the video is an abridged version from the past.
The clip is a January 2021 video when Igboho was en route to Igangan town in Ibarapa area of Oyo State, to evict ‘Fulani bandits’.
After issuing a quit notice and an ultimatum, Igboho arrived in a convoy in Igangan where disturbing kidnappings and killings were recorded at the time.
Youths from all the towns in Ibarapa zone joined Igboho’s convoy in their hundreds with the motive of driving Fulani herdsmen away following their refusal to leave Igangan as demanded by majority of Ibarapa people.
Gift’s claim that Igboho threatened herdsmen in a new video, is false.