Charles Nwoke, Ibadan, Nigeria
January 26, 2021
Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, Yoruba youth leader and human rights activist, has said that what was destroyed at his old house set ablaze by arsonists cannot be worth anything less than 50 million Nigerian Naira.
Igboho’s old house in Soka was razed down by unknown men in the early hours of Tuesday just hours after a meeting between Southwest Governors and members of Miyetti Allah.
The meeting was held as a result of the growing tensions over an ultimatum issued by Igboho for criminal herdsmen to vacate Oyo State.
His ultimatum was followed by a seven-day ultimatum issued by the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in the state.
Narrating what he learned about the attack on his old house, Igboho who spoke with journalists said the arsonists fired gunshots before breaking in.
He said, “Around 3.30 am today, my younger ones residing at my old house rushed to my gate to wake me up, saying some bandits came to the house, fired gunshots, broke the gate, and set the house ablaze. The two people at the house managed to escape. By the time I got there, the bandits had escaped. So, we called firefighters to help us put out the fire.”
On why he’s against the criminal herdsmen, Igboho said their atrocities in Yorubaland are preventing peace from reigning.
“These Fulanis are killing our brothers in our fatherland. They’re killing, raping, and kidnapping. All the things they are doing to us are not good. That’s why I’m trying to unite our people so that we can chase them away for peace to reign in Yorubaland,” he said.
He expressed the belief that those who attacked his house must have had help from some Yoruba people.
“What I find surprising is that some Yorubas are in support of the herdsmen to set my house on fire. I’m saddened by it,” he said.
When asked whom he suspected to be behind the attack, he said, “For now, I do not suspect anyone.”
He continued, “When they knew they could fight, fire gunshots, and set a house ablaze, isn’t it where I stay that they are supposed to come? If they had come to the house where I stay, I would have had evidence for you people (journalists) because they won’t all escape. It’s either you meet their dead bodies or meet them with broken legs. I thank God that they applied wisdom by going to a house where they know that I don’t live and destroyed my properties and burnt it down.”
On the level of damage done to his house, he said, “The worth of what was destroyed at my house cannot be less than N50 million.”
When asked if he’s aware of the language spoken by the bandits, Igboho said, “Those who were at the house are the ones who can explain to that, because I wasn’t there. What they said was that they came with about five cars. I can’t tell for sure because I wasn’t there.”
He said his younger brothers who were at the house during the incident escaped unhurt, noting that the incident has been reported to the police who also came to inspect the scene.
Sunday Igboho in an interview with PUNCH.