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I protect myself with traditional powers, not with guns — Sunday Igboho slams FG



Enoch Oyedibu


Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho has slammed the federal government over the raid on his residence by the Department of State Services (DSS), say, all items recovered from his residence are government’s magic.



Igboho said this, in a statement issued, through his Media aide, Olayomi Koiki, on Friday, denying being the owner of the items said to have been recovered by the DSS in his residence.


He expressed that he hasn’t committed any crime, adding that his focus has been on ensuring peace in the south-west region by kicking against “criminal herders” who, the government fails to bring to book at their militancy activities every day in the country.


Igboho said, “the invasion was done without a search warrant,” which is further an act of an undemocratic government, “I was not invited for questioning/investigation at any government facility before the invasion,” He added.


“Nigerians and the world at large are aware of my resistance to the incessant killings, raping and kidnapping of my people in Southwest Nigeria by the armed Fulani herders.


“The failure of the President Muhammadu buhari and his government to curb the criminal activities of the murderous herdsmen evoke my intervention. I ordinarily would not have intervened if the government had lived up to its responsibility if securing the Southwest and Nigeria at large from the criminal activities of the president’s ethnic men.


“Of public knowledge, my intervention has not led to any loss of life or bloodshed. My means of curbing criminality is to chase the criminal fulani herdsmen out of their hideouts in company of the people of the affected communities.


“It is because of the foreseen government persecution that videos of such interventions were transmitted live on social media. Nigerians, the security operatives, and the presidency are aware that I have never moved against the peaceful Fulanis and other tribes living peacefully in the Southwest. my unjust persecution — for defending my people and community — is therefore surprising and unwarranted.


“Nigerians and the international community should please be aware that the security operatives that invaded my home either planted the ammunitions being paraded in the media in my home or harvest them from their armoury to frame me. The arms paraded are not mine; they are government’s magic. I protect myself with traditional powers, not with guns.”

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