Following the Fulani herdsmen Saga in the south west of Nigeria, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has cautioned the Nigeria Police Force shelve the idea of arresting popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho.
Falana gave this caution on Friday during one of PUNCH Online interview programme.
His words: “I urge the police not to venture to arrest Mr Sunday Igboho because in this same country, when others issued quit notices to other nationalities in the past, they were not arrested.
“There is no way the police can choose who to arrest in this nature.
“Almajiris have been deported, beggars have been deported, the poor and destitute have been deported and the government never raised any issue.”
“The government has failed the people but the people can mobilised to make the government alive to its responsibility of protecting lives and properties.
“It has got to that stage when every community has to organised its security because we can no longer depend on the government.
“Sunday Igboho cannot be arrested because others who gave quit notices in the past were not arrested. In fact, when somebody gave a quit notice to the Igbo people in the north, a governor ordered the arrest of the person but the police never arrested him,” Falana maintained.
Candidreporters.com earlier reported that the Presidency had asked Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to arrest Igboho for giving Fulani herdsmen ultimatum to exit the state amid alleged kidnapping and other crimes in the vicinity.
At the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum, Igangan residents in the Ibarapa area of the state, emboldened by Igboho’s presence, had ejected the Seriki Fulani, Abdulkadri Saliu, and his herders out of the rustic town.
Falana, who had earlier said Igboho had no right to issue the vacation order to the herdsmen, said his position on such matter has been consistent, adding that he had spoken against persons who issued quit notices to non-indigenes in the past.
The rights lawyer said he does not support jungle justice but the citizens must not take laws into their hands.