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‘He’s not a criminal’ — Yoruba farmers group stages protest to demand Igboho’s release

‘He’s not a criminal’ — Yoruba farmers group stages protest to demand Igboho’s release
December 02
23:21 2021

The Agbekoya Farmers Society, on Thursday, staged a protest in Ibadan, the Oyo capital, to demand the “unconditional” release of Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader better known as Sunday Igboho.

Igboho, who is currently in custody at a facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic, had been charged with several offences including alleged arms smuggling.

The group, which staged a rally on Thursday, marched to the palace of Saliu Adetunji, the Oba of Ibadan.

In a statement issued after the protest and signed by Olatunji Bandele, the society’s national publicity secretary, the group said Igboho is just an activist and “not a criminal”.

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They also asked the federal government to curtail the activities of herdsmen “who carry AK-47″.

The group also demanded the establishment of a joint task force to tackle banditry in the south-west region.

“We ask for the establishment of a joint task force, comprising soldiers, policemen, state security service and self-determination groups like Agbekoya, OPC, hunters, vigilante to combat banditry, ritual killings and kidnapping in the south-west,” the statement reads.

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The group also asked the government to work towards ““agricultural revolution and adequate protection of farmers on their farmland, repair and maintenance of federal and rural roads, among other things”.

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