Following the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan that awarded N20bn against the DSS for destroying Sunday Igboho’s house during a midnight raid on the 1st of July , 2021, the DSS had reportedly told the court that paying the damages awarded against it would affect the economy, adding that Igboho was under extradition procedure to Nigeria.
Reacting to this, the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has reportedly stated that fresh move by the Federal Government to extradite Igboho shows that the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari is not committed to exploring political solution to resolve secessionist crisis in the country.
This was reportedly stated in a statement on Wednesday signed by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi.
The statement read that, “The intensified effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria to extradite Mr. Sunday Adeyemo Igboho from Benin Republic is a clear indication that the government is not totally committed to genuinely tackle the challenges thrown up by those who are agitating for self-determination in the country.”
It added that, “Were the government to be sincere with its recent declaration of wanting to settle the agitators’ issues politically, it would not be pursuing the path of extradition that it is bent on doing presently.”
It continued that, “Not only that, the government would obey the verdict given by a High Court in Ibadan on September 17, 2021 by paying the ₦20.5 billion as ordered rather than going on an appeal.”