Protest Hits Ibadan over Raid on Igboho’s Residence

- Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan

Loyalists, supporters and family members of those arrested during the raid on a Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), residence last Thursday by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) yesterday thronged major streets in Ibadan, Oyo State, demanding the release of the arrested persons.

The DSS, which confirmed the raid, disclosed that 13 people were arrested.

But the family members and relatives of those arrested during the protest staged yesterday at the Soka area of the Ibadan residence of Igboho, called for the release of their kinsmen, describing the arrest as illegal.

The protesters, who were dressed in black attires, called on the DSS to release the arrested persons.

The family members, who later moved to the Lagos/Ibadan expressway, also blocked the road for some minutes before moving to Sanyo and Soka areas of the Oyo State capital.

They later moved to Challenge and Molete areas, demanding for the immediate release of the arrested persons.

The protesters at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the federal government and the DSS to immediatel­y and unconditio­nally release the arrested persons.

The protesters, while addressing the monarch, also demanded the sum of N500 million as compensati­on for Igboho from the federal government and DSS as requested by his counsel, Chief Yomi Aliyu (SAN).

The monarch, however, urged the protesters to stop spreading rumours on social media accusing traditiona­l rulers of collecting money from the federal government.

Oba Adetunji, who spoke through his Media Aide, Adeola Oloko, assured them that the demands have been noted and would be sent to the appropriat­e quarters.

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