The Department of State Services (DSS) has said its operatives did not make an attempt to arrest Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba activist.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had posted a video showing a topless Sunday Igboho daring a team of security operatives to do their worst. He added that the activist was on his way to Lagos to see Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere leader.
“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 and policemen numbering about 40 on the Ibadan/Lagos Expressway whilst he was on his way to see Baba Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos,” Fani-Kayode said.
“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 Federal Government that Sunday Igboho is a hero to millions of Yoruba 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 denied making such move in a statement by Peter Afunanya, its Public Relations Officer, National Headquarters.
“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 read.