Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has warned the Nigeria Police Force not to arrest popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Speaking on The Punch online interview programme, The Roundtable, Falana said: â€śI urge the police not to venture to arrest Mr Sunday Igboho because in this same country, when others issued quit notices to other nationalities in the past, they were not arrested.”
The Presidency had said the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered the arrest of Sunday Igboho for giving Fulani herdsmen alleged of perpetrating sundry crimes in Oyo State an ultimatum to exit the state.
At the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum, Igangan residents in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state, emboldened by Igbohoâ€™s presence, had ejected the Seriki Fulani, Abdulkadri Saliu, and his herders out of the town.
But Falana said there is no way the police can choose who to arrest in this nature.
He said: â€śAlmajiris have been deported, beggars have been deported, the poor and destitute have been deported and the government never raised any issue.â€ť
Falana, who had earlier said Igboho had no right to issue the vacation order to herdsmen, said his position on such matter has been consistent, adding that he had spoken against persons who issued quit notices to non-indigenes in the past.
The activist said he does not support jungle justice but the citizens must not take laws into their hands.
â€śThe government has failed the people but the people can mobilise to make the government alive to its responsibility of protecting lives and properties.
â€śIt has got to that stage when every community has to organised its security because we can no longer depend on the government,â€ť he added.