Human rights attorney Femi Falana [SAN] has reacted to the criminal invasion of the residence of pan-Yoruba freedom fighter Sunday Adeyemo [popularly called Sunday Igboho] by members of the State Security Services [SSS], during which they extrajudicially killed two innocent people.
Featuring on Channels Television’s “Politics Today,” Falana described the illegal invasion as a “nocturnal coup.”
Falana said that there is no existing law in Nigeria which empowers security forces, including the State Security Services, to invade people’s residences in the dead of night in the name of arresting them.
“We cannot continue to have a situation where people’s homes are violently invaded to carry out nocturnal arrests as though those making the arrests are plotting a coup.
“Look at what happened in Ibadan. Igboho’s home was invaded at midnight, and throughout the following day people were wondering who it was that carried out the invasion that led to the extrajudicial deaths of seven people. People were killed and abducted at 2:00 AM without the prior knowledge of the state governor. People were asking questions, calling security offices to find answers, only for the SSS to issue a statement more than 12 hours later, saying that ‘we are responsible.’
“With the spate of kidnappings in Nigeria, anybody can invade your house and get you kidnapped in exchange for a ransom, especially when you consider that these SSS guys don’t wear uniforms.
“Except there is an ongoing crime at night, you cannot dash into the house of anyone to make arrest. There is no provision that empowers our security forces to effect midnight invasions or arrests. In the instant case, the SSS were required by law to come with a search warrant. There was none. An inventory was also not taken.
“After the invasion, Sunday Adeyemo dismissed claims that he had guns in his house. Yet men of the SSS displayed guns and other ammunitions they claimed were recovered from his house. This confusion would have been unnecessary if the SSS had acted like a contemporary, civilised agency.
“Clearly, these are dangerous legacies of cruel military dictatorship in Nigeria.”
Citizens Alert had reported that members of the SSS criminally invaded the residence of Sunday Igboho in Ibadan at past midnight on July 1, kidnapped people and killed others, leaving behind stains of blood on the residence’s tiles. They also destroyed vehicles.
Igboho’s spokesman Olayomi Koiki confirmed in a live video that the SSS stole money in foreign currencies along with jewelleries but refused to parade these valuables.
The SSS confirmed the criminal invasion of the activist’s residence more than 12 hours later, and also confirmed the extrajudicial execution of two innocent people during the criminal invasion. Igboho has since gone underground, speaking through his lawyer.