Senior Yoruba lawyers are being contacted to ensure the release of the aides of the frontman of the Yoruba Nation movement, Sunday Igboho, according to the umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination group, Ilana Omo Oodua.
Igboho, whose real name is Sunday Adeyemo, disappeared from public view after his home was invaded by personnel of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), where 13 lives were lost.
Reinstating support for Igboho, the Communication Secretary of the Ilana Omo Oodua, Mr Maxwell Adeleye, said that the group would not abandon Igboho.
Adeleye said, “The counsel for Igboho, Chief Yomi Aliu (SAN), has written the DSS, Inspector General of Police.
“Igboho is a law-abiding person and he has not violated any law. None of his family members was attacked by herdsmen but his love for his people made him to rise up to speak for Yoruba people who are being oppressed in their land. He never killed anyone, but he is being hunted while known criminals are being pampered.
“Igboho has debunked the claims of the DSS. He said the weapons displayed by the DSS did not belong to him. He said two guns were taken away from his house and the two guns belong to the police orderlies of his guests. He said other things were not from his house.
“Ilana Omo Oodua is with Igboho and we are going to stand by him. Those arrested at his house will be released very soon. We are working on that. After all, they did not find them with guns or anything incriminating. Their only offence is that they were at Igboho’s house and I don’t know when that became an offence.
“What is the off made of Lady K, she is a blogger who was reporting the action live. She lives in Igboho house and I don’t know if that is a crime.”
“Nigerian government will be surprised by the number of senior Yoruba lawyers that will represent them. We won’t tell you their names and their number now because we won’t discuss all our strategies publicly.”