We didn’t seek Sunday Igboho’s help on insecurity — Ogun

Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Government has denied inviting Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho to help find a solution to security challenges.

Sunday Igboho stopped briefly in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Monday on his way to Yewa-North Local Government of the state where soldiers allegedly connived with herders to assault farmers who did not allow cattle grazing on their farms.

While in Abeokuta, the activist told his supporters, “I observe there is an injustice from the herdsmen because they know the powers that be in the Federal Government. They behave like the Yoruba are nobody . They kill, they kidnap our people, they rape our women. Any Fulani herdsman who engages in kidnapping will be flushed out.”

He added that he would continue his activism in all of the south-west until he flushes out “killers herdsmen”.

However, the chief press secretary to the governor Kunle Somorin in a statement on Monday quoted the commissioner for information and strategy Abdulwaheed Odusile as denying news report credited to Remmy Hazzan, the special adviser on public communication to Governor Dapo Abiodun, adding that the report quoted the virtual interview out of context.

“In the interview, Hazzan had said that the state government would continue to work with all the stakeholders to ensure security of lives and property.

“Sadly, this statement was twisted to mean that the State had invited Mr Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho) to help curb insecurity. This is regrettable and totally misleading,” the statement read.

It further said: “At all times, the government will ensure that all security agencies and indeed all stakeholders operate within the ambit of the law and will neither welcome nor endorse any initiative that amounts to self-help or is outside the contemplation of the constitution.”