The Pan-Yoruba Socio-political organization, Afenifere, on Friday, condemned the attempt by the Nigeria Police Force, and men of the Department of State Services to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
The spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, in an interview with Punch, said the security operatives would not attempt to arrest Igboho if he was a bandit.
A joint team of soldiers, Department of State Services, and policemen attempted to arrest popular Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho on Friday afternoon while on his way to meet with Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo.
Odumakin while speaking on the incident said, “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.”
The Afenifere spokesman lamented that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari favoured bandits who are been left moving around the country despite their crimes.
When asked whether the group was concerned that security agencies were after Igboho and not bandits, the Afenifere spokesman said, “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.