Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, said the operatives of the Department of State Services wanted to assasinate him on Friday.
Igboho stated this on Sunday while reacting to the commotion that ensued between his supporters and the joint team of soldiers, Department of State Services, DSS.
Igboho was on his way to see Afenifere chieftain, Pa Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos when the joint team, numbering about 40 ambushed him and wanted to arrest him on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
His supporters, however, resisted his arrest as commotion ensued between his supporters and the joint team which sought to arrest him by force.
However, in a viral video, a shirtless Igboho was seen with his men daring the security operatives and throwing expletives.
While featuring on a radio programme, ‘City Talks with Reuben Abati’, Igboho said he pulled off his shirt because one of the DSS operatives rough handled him and violently held onto his shirt around his neck area.
He noted that 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.
Igboho said, “Why I pull 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.”
Continuing, the rights activist said, “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? Wvhy 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.”
Meanwhile, the DSS denied the attempted arrest but Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere; Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), amongst others have since condemned the DSS attempt.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had said the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered the arrest of the rights activist but many Nigerians had condemned such move.