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Supporters Protest Raid On Separatist Leader’s House In Southwest Nigeria

Supporters of Sunday Igboho protested in Ibadan, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria over last week’s raid of his house.

Supporters of Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, a separatist agitator on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 protested in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, Southwest Nigeria over the raid on his home by the operatives of the  State Security Service.

According to The Punch, the protest took off at 12 p.m. WAT, after the protesters converged in front of his house, located in the Soka area of Ibadan.

The protesters carried several placards with messages condemning the raid on Igboho’s residence. They were also heard shouting phrases such as “Oodua nation,” “no retreat no surrender,” and “Sunday Igboho is not a criminal.” 

A protest leader who addressed the crowd, spoke of their intended march to the Government House at Agodi and to the palace of the traditional ruler of Ibadan land,  Oba Saliu Adetunji.

The protest leader who was not identified in The Punch report gave reasons for their protest.

“It is a peaceful demonstration; we are marching there to demand the release of the detained persons. We are not afraid of teargas, we are marching to demand the rights of our people,” he said. 

“We want them to bring the killers of Adogan and Alfa to book.”

He maintained that the Nigerian Government must pay for “damages” caused in Igboho’s house during the raid.

“The government must pay the N500m damages as requested by Igboho’s lawyer for the destruction of his house and property during the invasion. We want the Obas to make this happen within seven days.” 

Adeyemo gained prominence in the media recently following his call for the creation of the Oodua nation from the current Nigeria.

He has appeared in many videos on social media calling on Nigerians from the Southwest to support his quest for the creation of Oodua nation.

Last week, in what appeared to be a crackdown on separatist movements, the SSS raided Igboho’s house at midnight, barely a week after Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was extradited  to Nigeria.

After the raid, the DSS said they found “seven AK-47 assault rifles, three Pump Action guns, 30 fully charged AK-47 magazines, 5,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, among other things in Igboho’s house.”

He was declared wanted by the Nigerian secret police for arm stockpiling.

Few days after the declaration, a rally in support of Oodua nation was held in Lagos,  Southwest Nigeria, despite the ban placed on the rally by the Lagos State Police Command.

HumAngle had reported how a hawker was killed during the protest. The Police has since denied its involvement in the death of the victim.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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