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Some Yoruba Nation agitators, on Saturday staged a protest in Ibadan, Oyo State, demanding the unconditional release of Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Igboho.
The protesters, who gathered in front of Igboho’s residence at Soka area, Ibadan later took the protest to Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The protesters, who were mostly youths, carried placards with various inscriptions like “Free Sunday Igboho, “he is not a terrorist”, “Igboho Ni Mi”, “Yoruba Nation now” and many others.
One of the leaders of the protest, Comrade Sola Olalere, who spoke to journalists at the scene, accused the federal government of being behind Igboho’s continuous detention, stressing that the case was different in the fight against banditry and terrorism.
According to Vanguard, he appealed to traditional rulers in the southwest to raise their voices and join the campaign for the release of Sunday Igboho.
“What we are saying to the government is that Sunday Igboho is a freedom fighter. He is fighting for the masses.
“I am from Ibarapa and two of my siblings were kidnapped; it was Sunday Igboho that liberated us and wherever Sunday Igboho leads us is where we will go.
“This message should go to them as a warning. It’s a solidarity rally but we are also warning the government to free Sunday Igboho. It’s possible that if they don’t listen to us, something else may happen like it did in the east.
“Bandits are killing people in the north and they are being paid handsomely with our commonwealth. The bulk of this money is even made in the southwest.
“We don’t want war, that’s why it’s peaceful. They should leave Igboho alone. We know the Nigerian government is behind Igboho’s ordeal. They should act before the Yoruba youth will rise up, we are not afraid of war,” he added.
However, the protesters later returned to Igboho’s residence where they dispersed after the protest.
This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.
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