The former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has condemned an attempted arrest on Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho, on his way to meet with 93-year-old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo.
He said after the incident, “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.
“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 are better than intimidation, threats, violence and war. A word is enough for the wise.”
Afenifere chieftain, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, on Friday evening, confirmed Igboho’s visit to his house in Lagos and condemned the attempt by security operatives to arrest Igboho en route to the meeting.
Adebanjo told one of our correspondents at 11.44pm that Igboho paid him a courtesy visit. He said, “Yes, Sunday Igboho was here. He paid me a courtesy visit. We had a useful discussion.” The elder statesman, however, did not disclose what he discussed with him during the visit to his house.
It was learnt that there was an attempted face-off between Sunday Igboho and security agents around the Guru Maharaji bus stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.