The Federal Government is said to be considering the proscription of the Yoruba Nation agitators led by Prof Banjo Akintoye and Sunday Igboho, just like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
However, other options against Yoruba Nation separatist are not ruled out, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has hinted.
According to the office, the Federal Government would explore all options within the context of the law to ensure a peaceful and united Nigeria.
Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, spoke in an interview with reporters on Sunday.
Gwandu, however, denied allegations that the Federal Government had not been prosecuting terrorists and bandits, without giving further details.
He also, declined giving more details of what the government had been doing on the planned extradition of Igboho, 48, who had been in a detention facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic since he was arrested around 8pm on July 19, 2021, by the Interpol at the Cadjèhoun Airport.
The Federal Government was plotting the arrest of Akintoye, Igboho’s partner in the struggle for the secession of Yoruba from Nigeria, before the later fled to Benin Republic, obviously to escape plot for his arrest. Akintoye, 86, had, however, said he was not afraid of any arrest.
According to Akintoye, he was in Benin Republic to ensure the release of Igboho and would return to Nigeria as soon as the embattled agitator was freed.
Akintoye, the leader of the umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination group known as Ilana Omo Oodua; and Igboho, have been seen together at press conferences and rallies championing the cause to secede from Nigeria and establish a Yoruba Nation.
The Department of State Services, DSS, had raided Igboho’s residence around 1 am on July 1, 2021, killing two of his associates and arrested about 12 others during the bloody raid.
Igboho, who narrowly escaped the bloody raid, was subsequently declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria under the pretext of Yoruba Nation.
The DSS had also alleged that it recovered seven AK-47 rifles, three pump-action rifles, one stun gun, 221 live rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 1,295 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one jackknife and a walkie-talkie during the raid of Igboho’s house. Igboho had denied the allegations