By Nkasi Kolie
Leaders of the Southwest Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) have condemned the nocturnal invasion of Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho’s Soka home in Ibadan.
The umbrella body of concerned security groups in South West region of the country and its members includes; Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) Agbekoya Society of Nigeria, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Hunters Group and Community Security Awareness Initiatives Corps of Nigeria (COMSAIC).
In a statement by its (SSSG) Publicity Secretary, Mr Adewole Ireti, after its emergency and strategic meeting at the Omole Phase 2 residence of Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, on Thursday, the group faulted the manner in which the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded Igboho’s residence, saying the attack truly showed that Nigeria’s democracy is in danger.
The group also called for the release of the 13 aides detained over the attack last week.
Reviewing the security situation in the southwest, the group bemoaned the recent killings of over 50 people in Igangan, insisting that it would not relent in its efforts in securing the southwest region against criminal Fulani herdsmen.
The statement read: “It is most unfortunate that Sunday Igboho could be attacked in such a cruel manner that also led to the death of eight persons. It is purely a dangerous signal to our democracy.
“How on earth can the FG hail a crude attack by the DSS? It is an infringement on his rights as a person. It is also an indication that the nation is drifting towards a tailspin.
“As a group that is determined to secure the southwest region, we would not fold our arms and allow the criminal Fulani herdsmen to overrun our communities. We would also not relent in our efforts in ensuring that the southwest is safe for all and sundry.”
The group, however, urged prominent Yoruba leaders, including all the traditional rulers in the southwest and other eminent Yoruba sons and daughters, not to leave Igboho alone to suffer injustice against the Yoruba race.
The security group also appealed to FG to allow Igboho to enjoy his liberty, adding that declaring him wanted is likened to the declaration of war against Yoruba nation agitators.