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Gunmen attack Sunday Igboho’s residence; abduct wife, others; As Igboho suspends Lagos “Yoruba Nation” rally

Gunmen have reportedly attacked the Soka, Ibadan residence of Yoruba Nation agitator, Mr Sunday Igboho.

The attack, according to reports quoting Igboho’s media Office, took place at about 1.00 am on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

The attack is coming less than 72 hours to the planned mega rally in Lagos State for Yoruba sovereignty.The spokesperson of Igboho, Olayomi Koiki said that some yet-to-be identified gunmen attacked the Soka Ibadan residence of his principal.

According to the media aide, some persons were whisked away by the gunmen during the attack.

Details of the incident remain sketchy.

Besides, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Ayo, had yet to speak on the incident as of publication time.

The leader of Yoruba self-determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye issued a statement titled, ‘Yoruba Nation: Elements of the Nigerian Army, accompanied by international terrorists hired by the Nigerian State attacked Sunday Ighoho’s residence.”

The statement was made available to newsmen by Akintoye’s Communications Manager, Mr Maxwell Adeleye.

The statement said, “The assailants were all dressed in military uniform and spoke French language fluently.

“The gunmen killed seven occupants in the building and whisked Igboho’s wife and several others away.”

Meanwhile, a few hours after the attack on his Soka, Ibadan residence, seizing his wife and a few others, Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, has suspended the much-publicised “Yoruba Nation” mega rally, which was scheduled to hold in Lagos on Saturday.

Recall that “Yoruba Nation” agitators had held rallies in different parts of South-West with that of Lagos scheduled to hold Saturday, this week.

Igboho, who spoke to BBC News Pidgin, stated that the rally in Lagos had been suspended.

He spoke after a statement by the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, in which it declared that the “Yoruba Nation” rally slated for Lagos would hold in Lagos as scheduled.

The statement was signed by its leader, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, and made available to newsmen by his Communications Manager, Mr Maxwell Adeleye.

The Group had said via the statement: “We want to confirm again that the Pro-Yoruba Nation rally scheduled to hold on Saturday, July 3rd, in Lagos will proceed as scheduled.”

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