Dr. Aborode, the Chief Executive Officer of Kunfayakun Green Treasures Limited, was killed near his farm along Apodun village, Igangan, by suspected Fulani herdsmen according to a villager. Another source said he died at Tapa town, about 15 minutes away from Igangan while they were rushing him to a hospital in Igbo Ora. However, the truth is that he was murdered.
Before the day of his murder, I and Dr. Aborode had an altercation with some herdsmen who had destroyed a part of my farm close to Dr. Aborode’s farm and his 50 hectares watermelon farm and when offered a compensation fee of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000) and Twenty Thousand Naira, (N20,000) respectively, we declined, saying we only want them to leave the area. After the killing of Dr. Aborede, I fled to Ibadan, Oyo State in Akaran area the following day.
Sunday Igboho, a well-known Yoruba Nation Agitator, how did he come in, especially in matters that concerned you?
Adewale Olufemi: The killing of Dr. Aborede made us (Igangan/Ibarapa Youths) storm the town and invite Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho to come to our aide. His sobriquet, Igboho, is taken from his town of origin, Igboho in the Orelope local government area of Oyo state. Over the years, he has worked as unofficial security personnel and doing underground jobs for politicians in Nigeria.
He is now being described as a grassroots mobilizer and Yoruba activist, and leader of an ethnic militia by the Nigerian media. His traditional powers have attracted politicians during electoral campaigns. On the streets, there are stories and myths of the manifestations of his powers. He rose to fame following his role in the Modakeke-Ife communal crisis in 1997, where he played an active part. He possesses some spiritual powers and he is most feared and respected by Yoruba people.
On January 15, 2021, Chief Sunday Igboho arrived in Igangan and addressed the youths and elders, he told them they needed to protect and reclaim the Yoruba land from “the invaders,” referred to as Fulani Herdsmen. However, he gave all the Fulani in Igangan/ Ibarapa local government a seven-day ultimatum to vacate.
On Friday, January 22, 2021, Igboho was given a hero’s welcome at Igangan town with pumps, drums, gongs, and pageantry by residents in the afternoon as he began to inspect whether any member of the Fulani community was still around. Scared, Fulanis in the town, including the Seriki, Saliu Abdulkadir fled for their lives before the arrival of battle-ready Igboho. But this did not spare some of their properties as about 11 vehicles and an uncertain number of houses were set ablaze by Igboho’s boys.
On Saturday, June 5, 2021, very close to 12 midnight on that fateful day, we began to hear the sounds of gunshots in Igangan. In our normal characteristics, we began to blow our whistles, beat drums, burn tires and prepare for protection. Mr. Lateef Adeniyi, who is the head of our vigilante group in Igangan mobilized and went ahead of us to fight unfortunately he was killed and macheted because he exhausted bullets in his gun, and the Fulani herders who came in full weaponry overpowered us and we all ran for our dear lives. Later we heard that it was a reprisal attack.
During the attack which lasted till around 3a.m. on Sunday, the Palace of the town’s monarch, the Asigangan of Igangan, one Adolak filling station, and numerous properties were attacked and burnt down.
Ever since this happened, Igangan has become famished. I had no choice but to relocate to Ibadan afterward to join Chief Sunday Igboho’s foot soldiers to resist banditry/herders and agitate for the Yoruba nation, a project initiated by Chief Sunday Adeniyi Igboho. We the Yoruba Nation activists also worked in collaboration with Professor Banji Akintoye the convener of ‘’Ilana Omo Odua’’, now the ‘’Yoruba self-determination Movement’’. I joined others in campaigning for a YORUBA nation all over the Yoruba states, towns, cities, and villages in South-West Nigeria.
All these while, I had to relocate my wife and two children from 10 Akobo Oju Irin, Off Festac Estate, Ibadan to my in-law’s house at Elekuro Village by Akaran Village, Ibadan, Oyo State. I became a devotee and follower of Sunday Igboho because after we have lost all we had; he took up our responsibilities.
On June 30, 2021, an arrangement for the Yoruba Nation mega rally in Lagos on July 1, 2021, was in top gear at about 10:00am. Chief Sunday Igboho told his right hand-man ‘Adogan’ to lead a team to Lagos ahead of the rally on a fact-finding mission regarding the situation on the ground.
Since I was not part of the team that went to Lagos, I decided to travel to Elekuro village to see my family
with the plan of joining other activists at Sunday Igboho’s Soka house en route to Lagos in the early morning of July 1, 2021
Early in the morning of July 1, 2021, as I was preparing to travel to Ibadan, I turned on the radio and tuned to Fresh FM 105.9, Ibadan, and heard the breaking news that Chief Sunday Igboho’s house was raided with sporadic gunshots. The first gunshot pierced through the window leading to Chief Sunday Igboho’s room but he was unhurt. Later there were sporadic gunshots into the building daring to kill anyone, unfortunately, Adogan was shot 48 times and when the bullets failed, Fresh FM reports said he was killed with a mortar. Another aid that was killed was Alfa.
According to the media, how Chief Sunday Igboho who was the main target escaped is still a mirage even to the Department of State Security (DSS). After bombarding the building with gunshots without any glimpse of him they took an innocent black cat away believing he turned into a cat.
The reason for the raid according to the DSS was based on an intelligence report that Chief Sunday Igboho had stockpiled arms in his house in preparation for the Yoruba Nation mega rally in Lagos.
About thirteen (13) people including twelve (12) males and one (1) female, were arrested and whisked to Abuja. The twelve (12) paraded were Abdulateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde Aka Lady K (Female), Tajudeen Erinoyen
Diekola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman
Oluwafelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi And Bamidele Sunday. Chief Sunday Igboho, the main target was later declared wanted by the Nigerian government. As soon as I had the news of the DSS raid, I took off to Lagos to join Yoruba nation agitators for the Lagos Mega rally. On getting to Lagos, I discovered the raid on Chief Sunday Igboho’s house debarred the rally from taking place on July 1, 2021. So I met with some members of Ilana Omo Oodua at a hide-out in Ojota, Lagos gazing at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos (the Venue of the Protest).
After a series of meetings and contacts, we were joined by another group of agitators at the Freedom Park, Ojota Lagos on July 3, 2021. Chief Sunday Igboho, the convener of Yoruba Nation, and Professor Banji Akintoye the convener of Ilana Omo Odua were absent at the protest.
It was obvious that the Nigeria Police who had declared Chief Sunday Igboho wanted were also on the lookout for his staunch supporters including me because I was conspicuous at everywhere Chief Sunday
Igboho took the Yoruba Nation rally to the South – West. I was decked in a Jalamia, a bushy beard, and a cap as a means of disguise and no one noticed me even some of the activists who knew me with Chief Sunday Igboho could not identify who I was.
At the Lagos mega rally in Ojota, as early as 6:00am a lot of people including members of the Oodua People’s Congress, traditionalist groups, students, market men and women, transporters, and many more gathered in groups with placards, banners, megaphones and many more.
However, the police disrupted the rally saying they needed to forestall a breakdown of law and order citing the carnage that occurred during the End SAR protest in October 2020 at Lekki toll gate, Lagos. I led some of the protesters in a face-off with the police as they tear-gassed the venue, however, they arrested some of us including some other secessionists but fortunately, I escaped. The names of those arrested according to the press were: Abiodun Taiwo (female), Adagunodo Babatunde, Oluwafemi Adeleye, Oloye Taiwo, Saheed Kareem, Adebayo, Waheed, Akinbode Sunday, Lawal Akeem, Samuel Ire, Ogundile Dare. Others were Tajudeen Bakare, Abiodun Adenuga, Azeez Adetayo, Rasheed Shittu, Quadri Ishola, Oluwasegun Arire, Kunle Aremo, Olamilekan Lolade, Tunde Lawal, Musbau Rasaq and Bamidele Akomolafe.
All those arrested were paraded before the media before they were taken away and the police promised to arrest some of us who were at large in no distant time. After the failed rally, I entered the night bus and fled to Eyenkorin town via Ilorin, Kwara State and I stayed with my sister, Remi Salami for a week. Throughout my stay, my sister never knew about my involvement in the Yoruba Nation protest let alone my association with Chief Sunday Adeyemo. I told her I came to visit her because it’s been a while. But eventually, I told her after I arrived overseas.
Life in the Diaspora, how has it been?
Adewale Olufemi: I have been living a nomadic life, with no clear job. Chief Sunday Igboho who has been sustaining me and some other protesters with financial support throughout the season of protest for the secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria has been in a detention facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic since his arrest around 8pm on July 19, 2021, and the Octogenarian, Professor of History, Professor Banji Akintoye, the leader Ilana Omo Odua whose group have also been supporting us have also absconded to Cotonou, Benin Republic. I was left with no choice but to also protect my own life and travel out of the country for safety after living in fear and being unsettled for a while. I was issued a visa on 23 June 2022 and I left Nigeria for overseas on 25 July 2022, and I arrived on 26 July 2022.