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Yoruba groups condemn attack on Igboho’s residence

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• Describe actions as bestial, needless aggression
• Igbo youths lament killing of 14-year-old hawker at Lagos rally

The Coalition of Yoruba Self-determination groups, yesterday, berated the Federal Government and Department of State Services (DSS), for invading Ibadan residence of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday ‘Igboho,’ killing of two of his aides and destroying of his property.

In a statement made available to The Guardian on behalf of the groups, which called themselves, “Apapo Egbe Ajijagbara Ile Yoruba,” by Dr. Steve Abioye, they described the act as bestial and needles aggression.

The groups said that the attack was a demonstration of bias on the part of the Federal Government.

ANOTHER group, Oduduwa Rights Organisation, has also condemned the attack, describing it as an act of impunity, lawlessness and wickedness.

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A statement signed by Yinka Adeoye for the group, yesterday, said Adeyemo had never violated constitutional laws but only raised awareness of government’s negligence to tackle insecurity and marginalisation in Yorubaland.  

He said: “Recall that Chief Sunday Adeyemo, in a bid to awaken the Federal Government to worsening insecurity, particularly as regards the havoc being wreaked by Fulani herdsmen, glaring injustice meted out to citizens, particularly to the Yoruba of the South-West of Nigeria and marginalisation on the part of the Buhari-led Federal Government, rose up to the challenge by sensitising and mobilising Yoruba in a peaceful and lawful way to demand for an independent Yoruba Nation.”

He said that since the beginning of his awakening call, Igboho had never been found wanting on the side of the law and had been law abiding in his moves.

Adeoye said the invasion was a call to the world that Nigeria is gravitating towards becoming a jungle where there’s no respect for the rights of citizens and where citizens cannot speak out on issues that affect them. 
ALSO, the Yoruba Security Group (YSG) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that shutting down dissenting voices belongs to the dark age of military rule.

In a statement signed by Dr. Adeleke Otunuga and Mr. Kamil Lamidi, the group described the attack as a mindless, evil, illegal and condemnable act.

MEANWHILE, Igbo youths, under the aegis of South-East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), have expressed deep sadness over the shooting of unarmed members of the Yoruba nation rally that led to the killing of a 14-year-old hawker, Jumoke, at the venue of the event.

In a statement, yesterday, they said that Jumoke could have lived but for the harsh economic situation posed on various families in the country by government policies. They also lamented that the young girl ended up violently while attempting to hawk to assist her family.

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