Some security operatives on Friday afternoon attempted to arrest Yoruba grassroot mobiliser and Oduduwa activist, Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho.
NewsWireNGR gathered from sources that security operatives attached to Operation Burst accosted Igboho whie on his way to Lagos.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and friend of Igboho, also confirmed the incident.
Posting a video of the event, Fani-Kayode tweeted that Igboho was on his way to meet an elder statesman, Ayo Adebanjo, when the attempted arrest occurred.
He wrote, “I just spoke to my brother Sunday Igboho. He told me there was a violent attempt to arrest him this afternoon by a joint team of soldiers, DSS operatives & policemen numbering about 40 on the Ibadan/Lagos Expressway whilst he was on his way to see Baba Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos.
“I condemn this attempt to ambush and abduct him. It is not only reckless but also very dangerous. If the security agencies want to see him, all they need to do is to invite him to their offices. I am not aware of any crime that he has committed and I urge restraint on all sides.
“Let me also send a warning to the FG (federal government) that Sunday Igboho is a hero to millions of Yorubas and either killing him or detaining him unlawfully would be the biggest mistake they could make. Building bridges, dialogue and peace is better than violence and war. A word is enough for the wise.”
Mr Igboho has recently been at the centre of the herdsmen crisis that has rocked the southwest region. He blamed herders for the increasing insurgent attacks and has issued quit notices to Fulanis residing in the southwest.