Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, at the weekend narrated that the recent assault on his person by the operatives of the Department of State Services was an attempt to take his life.
Igboho said he pulled off his shirt because one of the DSS operatives roughhandled him and violently held onto his shirt around his neck area.
Igboho stated this on Saturday while featuring on a radio programme, ‘City Talks with Reuben Abati’.
Security operatives intercepted and tried to arrest Igboho along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when the activist and his supporters were on their way to meet with 93-year-old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo.
In a viral video, a shirtless Igboho was seen with his men daring the security operatives and throwing expletives. Many have since wondered why the activist whom many believed to have metaphysical powers and known to wear traditional bulletproof vest was topless during the face-off.
But Igboho said, “Why I pulled off my cloth was that one of the DSS operatives violently held onto my shirt. So, I decided to pull off the cloth and give it to him for us to drag the matter.
“They started shooting when we began to drag the matter. The whole episode was an embarrassment for me. I am a responsible man, I am a Yoruba citizen, I am fighting for the rights of the Yoruba people. They don’t have to embarrass me.
“I’m a businessman. I pay my tax to the Federal Government every month and I have evidence of tax payment. Should I be going on the road and some people attempt to kill me? For what? Why do they want to kill me, because their plan on Friday was to assassinate me. Why?
“There is insecurity in the country. Fulani people are raping our people and killing our people in the forests but the security operatives are not going there to confront them. Instead, they are offered ransom. It is just sad that the government is threatening the common man living peacefully in the country. It should not be so.”
Despite a statement by the DSS saying it was not a part of the attack, Igboho said a joint team of DSS operatives, soldiers, and civil defence were on the Friday mission to arrest him, noting that there was no policeman on the team.
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