One of the aegis groups of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has alleged that South-West Governors are “hiding” wanted Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, made this known in an interview with Top Naija on Monday.
However, Donald Ojogo, an aide to the Chairman of South-West Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, declared that it is condescending for the Governors to react to Miyetti Allah’s claim.
Top Naija had earlier reported that the Department of State Services (DSS) on July 1, 2021, raided Sunday Igboho’s Ibadan home in Oyo State, detained 13 of his followers, and murdered two of the activist’s associates in a gun fight.
Igboho, a leader of the separatist agitation for the Yoruba Nation, escaped the bloody raid and was later declared wanted by DSS on allegations of stockpiling arms to destabilise the nation, which he has since denied.
The whereabouts of the Yoruba Nation activist, who became popular in January, after his eviction notice to suspected killer herders in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, had since been unknown.
Speaking with Top Naija on Monday, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore spokesman declared that the secret police should have raided Igboho’s residence earlier than it did.
However, Alhassan advised the activist to turn himself in to security operatives because he would be forcefully arrested.
He said, “It is in his (Igboho) own best interest if he submits himself peacefully so that he can face justice. Why is he running? Is he not a revolutionary? He should submit himself before they get him because as it is now, he has been declared wanted, he should present himself to the nearest police station.”
Alhassan also alleged that the six Governors in the South-West region are hiding Sunday Igboho.
He said, “All his (Igboho’s) actions are political; he is being used. His godfathers in the South-West should bring him out.
“The security agencies are speaking the language he understands, they will get him. I know the Governors are hiding him, but they (security agents) will get him.
“The (Nigerian) State has declared him wanted. He is not more than the state. The Governors keeping him should produce him.”
“He declared a republic; that was a rebellion. How can you be threatening the sovereignty of the (Nigerian) State and you still have the guts to be walking around and be organising rallies?”
Meanwhile, Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said it is condescending for the Governors to react to the allegation by Miyetti Allah.
When contacted for a response to the allegation by the herders’ group, Ojogo informed Top Naija that “It is not necessary, absolutely demeaning for elected Governors to engage an association in a media banter.”
In the meantime, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), another herders’ group in the nation, kept mute on Igboho’s entanglement.
When contacted, MACBAN Secretary-General, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma said, “We don’t have any comment on the matter; we don’t talk on political or security issues.”