Youths in their numbers stormed Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Wednesday to protest against the arrest of the Yoruba self-acclaimed activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho.
Sunday Adeyemo was on Monday night by the authorities of Cotonou, Republic on Monday night.
The youths took off from the frontage of Ighobo’s house, Soka, Ibadan, that was raided in the early hours of July 1, 2021, by the Department of State Security (DSS.
The protesters thronged Soka road, streets in Sanyo, Felele, to Challenge area, and to the Music House, housing the Fresh FM of the popular gospel music artiste, Yinka Ayefele, on Lagos bypass, before returning to their take-off point.
They displayed placards with inscriptions: “Free Ighobo now”, “I stand with Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho Oosa”, “Chief Sunday is fighting for freedom; “No going back”, “Igboho is not a criminal”, “I stand with Igboho.”
Some of the protesters, who spoke to journalists, include Oyedokun Abiodun, fondly called Aworo; David Ajulo; Azeez Sullaiman; Alhaji Yusuf Ajikobi; and Atakoro Omo Yerepe, as well as those that did not want their names mentioned in print.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, David Ajulo said: “I am appealing to Yoruba monarchs to rise up in defense of Igboho. It should be known that many people in Yorubaland have suffered a lot at the hands of criminal herdsmen. They have raped, killed, kidnapped, taken ransom, and destroyed farmlands.
“So, many people are grieving in Yorubaland. Nobody came to their rescue, even the Federal Government and security agencies did not come to assist the Yoruba being terrorised by criminal herdsmen.”