Activist of Yoruba descent Sunday Igboho is in new difficulty, with the Federal Government ordering the IG, DSS, and NIA to prohibit him from fleeing the country.
According to the NG Times Online News, the Federal Government claims that Sunday Adeyemo, or Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation activist, is attempting to obtain a new passport in order to exit the nation.
It went on to say that the government had put Igboho on a no-fly list in order to make his apprehension easier, and that security forces had been ordered to apprehend him wherever he was discovered.
A person whose name is on the stop-list is denied all constitutional rights and privileges that a citizen is entitled to in the security circle.
A letter from the Nigeria Immigration Service dated July 9, 2021, sent to the Director General, Department of State Services, the Inspector General of Police, and the DG, National Intelligence Agency, included the Federal Government’s directive against Igboho.
The activist, a leader of the Yoruba Nation’s separatist movement, was wanted by the Department of State Services on suspicion of hoarding weaponry to destabilize the country, which he has denied, but his whereabouts are unclear.
Since a midnight raid by the secret police on July 1 ahead of a big protest in support of the call for Yoruba Nation in Lagos, the whereabouts of Igboho, a leading figure in the separatist campaign for the Yoruba Nation, have been unknown.
Following the bloody raid on Igboho’s Sooka residence, the DSS arrested and detained 13 of Igboho’s associates, adding that during a “gun duel,” it had killed two of Igboho’s supporters later identified as Adogan and Alfa.
On Tuesday, the International Criminal Court accepted a 27-page plea brought by Yoruba Nation agitators and signed by Emeritus Professor Banji Adetoyo, the Leader of Ilana Omo Oodua; Igboho; and 49 Yoruba self-determination groups.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN, former Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, and former Inspectors General of Police Ibrahim Idris and Muhammed Adamu were named in the suit.
They charged Nigerian authorities and security chiefs with genocide and crimes against humanity against the Yoruba people of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Okun Land in Kogi, and Kwara states.
Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration, Investigation and Compliance, A.B. Baba, signed the NIS letter on behalf of the Comptroller General of Immigration to assist Igboho’s arrest.
The letter was copied to all zone controllers and control posts nationwide, “Stop-listing of person: Adeyemo Sunday Adeniyi (aka Sunday Igboho), male, Nigerian, passport number A11613637, date of birth 10/10/1972.”
It read, “I am directed to request that you kindly place the above-named person on stop-list. Credible intelligence revealed that Adeyemo is making efforts to obtain a police extract and/or court affidavit to enable him acquire a new Nigerian passport, apparently to facilitate his escape out of the country.
“In addition, he should be arrested wherever and whenever sighted and referred to the Director-General, Department of State Services vide letter no: S.605/A/246 dated 05 July 2021.”
Amos Okpu, a spokesman for the NIS, said he was unaware of the letter. He also stated that he was unaware of any new developments in the hunt for Igboho.
He said, “I’m not aware of the letter. Has Ighoho been declared wanted? Well, I don’t have any information on him.”
As of press time, the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, had not responded to questions about the matter.
Following the raid on Igboho’s Sooka home on July 1, Afunaya told journalists in Abuja that the raid was carried out in response to an intelligence report that Igboho had stockpiled weapons in his home.
He explained that Igboho and his crew had become well-armed and motivated to destabilize public order under the pretext of a self-determination effort.
Seven AK-47 rifles, three pump-action guns, 30 fully packed AK-47 magazines, 5,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, five cutlasses, one jack-knife, and one pen knife, two pistol holsters, a pair of binoculars, a wallet containing $5, local and international driving licences in his name, ATM cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name, two whistles, 50 cartridges and 18 walkie-talkies were allegedly found during the raid on Igboho’s house, according to the agency.
Three charm jackets/traditional body armour, two computers (one Toshiba and one Compaq), Igboho’s passport, and the passports of his assistants were among the items found.
Five of the AK-47 guns confiscated from Igboho’s home, according to Afunaya, were snatched from Nigeria Customs and Immigration agents in Idi-Iroko, Ogun State.
Moves by the secret police to track down Igboho’s financiers and supporters had been reported by one of our correspondents.
Reports said the intelligence agencies had geo-located Igboho’s hiding place but they could not storm the place for security reasons.