Six days after the Department of State Services (DSS) raided Sunday Igboho’s home in Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State, the Presidency has hailed the operation, calling Igboho a “militant ethnic secessionist.”
It applauded the security agencies for demonstrating what it called “significant deftness, guile and secrecy in carrying out these missions.”
Accusing Igboho, who has been canvassing a Yoruba Nation, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “conducting acts of terror and disturbing the peace under the guise of protecting fellow “kinsmen”.
“His seditious utterances and antics, which he is known to have publicly expressed, have overtime morphed into very hateful and vile laden speeches.
“It must be highlighted that the government respects fundamental rights of citizens to express their views and recognizes this as a democratic tenet.
“However, any attempt to build an armoury coupled with plans either subtle or expressed to undermine our unity as a nation will not be condoned,” a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, said.
Persecondnews recalls that the DSS-led security forces had stormed Sunday Igboho’s home on July 1 over alleged arms stockpile and insurrection against the country.
DSS claimed it recovered guns and ammunition from the house while 13 people were whisked away to its headquarters in Abuja.
Some exotic cars and other properties were destroyed during the midnight operation which has drawn wide condemnation from Nigerians.
“Mr. President’s directives to Security Services regarding anyone seen to be carrying arms, particularly AK-47 are clear and require no further illumination.
“Assault weapons are not tools of peace loving people and as such, regardless of who they are and where they are from, the Security Agencies should treat them all the same.
“This level of professionalism must be sustained and brought to bear as we focus on extracting from our society those who have found a new trade in targeting students, rural dwellers and our citizens in the North-West.
“The nation recognizes their efforts and sacrifice,” the Presidency said.