The late 14-year-old Jumoke’s lifeless body was found on a road following a police offensive against protesters at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota, during the Yoruba Nation awareness rally on Saturday.
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Igboho’s demand was contained in a letter by his lawyer, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), on Saturday.
The National Publicity Secretary of AAC, Femi Adeyeye, in a statement made available in Abuja, also described “the use of force on Yoruba Nation agitators by the Hakeem Odumosu-led Police Command as unnecessary, undemocratic insane and a complete waste of resources.”
Our correspondent, who sighted the girl’s corpse, observed that bullets had ripped open the victim’s stomach. She is said to be 14 years old.
The separatists held the rally for the secession of the South-West geopolitical zone despite repeated warnings by security operatives.
Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, while addressing a press briefing on the issue in Lagos on Thursday said anyone caught participating or facilitating the rally will be dealt with within the ambit of the law.
The Soka Ibadan residence of Igboho came under attack around 1am. It was reported that gunmen allegedly came in military camouflage to his residence.
In a video that surfaced online, the protesters were seen carrying a banner that boldly read, ‘Yoruba Nation America’.
YOV, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Omoladun Orolugbagbe said all arrangements have been concluded on the rally slated to hold on Saturday June 12 across 174 countries in the world, including European Union, Asia, South America, North America, Australia and Africa.
Okay, if the Yoruba nation wants a monarchy system of rule, who will be the King? Who will become the sovereign monarch? Where will the kingdom be? Is it the OOni of Ife or the Alaafin of Oyo? Won’t the Awujale of Ijebuland or the Alake of Egbaland want the right to the stool? Where will you put the Orangun of Ila who also is a direct descendant of Oduduwa?
The governor also specifically said he does not support agitation by secessionists for Yoruba Nation in the South-West region.
The agitators held a rally in the state capital, Akure, displaying banners showing their demand for Yoruba Nation.
Osun Police spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, on Saturday, said the agitators, under the group ‘Omo Oduduwa United’, has informed the police of their rally beforehand.
Igboho stormed the capital city with many of his supporters in his convoy.
It is not by accident that I start this article with a quotation from our sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo. We Yoruba nation are fortunate to have a reference point in his person. Since a majority of Yoruba people honour and respect him, I’ll be falling back to his wise words at various stages of this write-up.
The proposed venue of the rally, Mapo Hall, Ibadan, Oyo state capital, has been taken over by armed policemen from the state command.
In a poorly organized programme, streamed via Koiki Media, the few participants physically present at the event displayed placards with the inscription ‘Support Orile Ede Yoruba: ‘No Nigerian Election in Yoruba Territory’
Agitation for a sovereign Yoruba nation has taken a strident and emotional character among disparate set of people across the South Western Nigeria. Marginalized, traumatized, and thoroughly exploited Yoruba people are dreaming of a new homeland of fairness, equity, and justice.
In a strongly worded press statement by Veteran International Journalist and Chairman of Council of the Organization, Akogun Tola Adeniyi, Yoruba Global Alliance assured the Yoruba Nation that their goal of Yoruba Sovereignty is not negotiable, on course and irreversible.
Akeredolu had during the swearing-in of Princess Oladunni Odu as the new Secretary to the State Government and other Special Advisers in Akure, the state capital, on Monday, said, “No part of the entire state, known and delineated as Ondo State, shall permit any Yoruba nation gathering or agitation“.