Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-political group, has condemned the attempt by security operatives to arrest Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho.
Pandemonium broke out on Friday along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, when operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) and police officers and soldiers tried to arrest Igboho, who was said to be on his way to meet with Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, with his supporters.
Igboho was seen in a viral video surrounded by his men, who were daring the security operatives.
However, Afenifere in a statement by its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, said the machinery of government would not have been after Igboho if he was a bandit.
“There is no sense in that (the attempted arrest). He (Igboho) is a free citizen of Nigeria. If they need him for any questioning, they should invite him not to go and waylay him on way like an armed robber.
“We condemn their attempt. There is no need for it. He has not been invited let alone not honouring the invitation. Chasing him on the road is condemnable”, he said.
The Afenifere spokesperson said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari favours bandits, who have been left roaming the country despite their many atrocities.
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“Sunday Igboho is not a bandit. Bandits are special under this administration. That is the difference between a bandit and a non-bandit in Nigeria today,” Odumakin stressed.