THE NIGERIAN ARMY CARRIED OUT THE ATTACK ON SUNDAY IGBOHO’S RESIDENCE - LEADER OF ILANA OMO OODUA GROUP EMER PROF. BANJI AKINTOYE ALLEGES
The leader of the Umbrella Body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, has condemned the recent attack on Yoruba Sepratist and Agitator, Chief Sunday Igboho, alleging that soldiers in the Nigerian Army perpetrated the attack.
Multiple reports indicate that Igboho’s residence was invaded in the early hours of Thursday by armed men dressed in Military attire numbering about 100. It was gathered that cars and walls were riddled with bullets during the attack.
Sources say some of the occupants of the house were whisked away by the invaders.
In a statement personally signed by Akintoye and issued to journalists by his Communications Manager, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, Akintoye, a Renowned Historian, he alleged that the attack was carried out by men of the Nigerian Army who were accompanied by International Terrorists hired by the Nigerian State.
The IOO leader also claimed that the invaders were all dressed in Military Uniform and spoke French language fluently.
He further alleged that the attackers killed Seven Occupants in the building and whisked Igboho's Wife and several others away.
The statement reads; "This is an emergency response to an emergency matter by Ilana Omo Oodua. Around 1am today Thursday 1st July, 2021, the Ibadan, Oyo State Residence of one of the leading men in our struggle for Self-Determination in Yoruba Land, Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Sunday Igboho was unfortunately attacked by Gun men.
"I want to say to the whole world that the attack was carried out by the elements of the Nigerian Army who were accompanied by International Terrorists hired by the Nigerian State.
"The Assasilants spoke French Language fluently. Seven people were killed by the attackers, with their corpses taken away. Scores of people, including the Wife of Chief Ighoho, were also taken away by the Gun Men.
"Let me state without any fear or intimidation that the Muhammadu Buhari led Administration was responsible for the war that has just been declared against the peace-loving people of Yoruba Land.
"We have been peaceful from the inception of this struggle. We have adhered with both the Nigerian and International Laws guiding the agitation for Self-Determination.
"All our agitations have been peacefully, orderly and lawfully executed. We have commended the officers of the Nigerian Police many time for being professional in their modus of operations in relating to our protests and rallies for Self-Determination in Yoruba Cities.
"Therefore, I say on behalf of the Yoruba people that this attack on Chief Ighoho's House was unnecessary, unfortunate, wicked, callous, cruel, irresponsible, illegal and atrocious.
"We are holding the Muhammadu Buhari led administration responsible for this barbaric attack. This is a declaration of war against peace-loving people.
"I call on our people across at home and in diaspora to immediately begin Mass Protests In Front of Palaces in Yoruba Land, and opposite the offices of the United Nations, European Union, British, French and United States Governments.
"We want to confirm again that the Pro-Yoruba Nation rally scheduled to hold on Saturday July 3rd, in Lagos will proceed as scheduled."
The attack on the Agitator’s residence is not the first in recent times. It is also coming on the heels of a planned rally for the secession of ‘Yoruba Nation’ in Lagos State. Sunday Igboho had in recent months campaigned across the South-West geo-political zone agitating for the secession of the Yoruba Nation, citing injustice meted out to the people of the region as well as worsening insecurity as reasons for his agitation.
Recall that on January 26, 2021, some hoodlums reportedly attacked the Soka residence of Igboho in Ibadan, razing the property in the process.
Eons Intelligence also reported on February 26, 2021 that there was tension along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when Igboho and his supporters were on their way to meet with 93-year-old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo.
It is pertinent to mention that the attack on Igboho’s residence comes barely 72 hours after IPOB Leader and Founder, Nnamdi Kanu, was arrested by Authorities and extradited to Nigeria.
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