The Defence headquarters on Saturday distanced itself from the allegation that some of its men were caught spying on the residence of Yoruba rights activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho. It also promised to unravel the circumstances behind the allegation, adding that the person arrested by supporters of Igboho was a serial impersonator and not a soldier as alleged.
Footage of the incident had shown the two alleged spies being pursued by Igboho’s supporters in Ibadan as they fled on a motorcycle.
They were subsequently caught and taken to Igboho’s residence in the Soka area of Ibadan.
But the acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, in a statement on Saturday, titled, ‘Re: Sunday Igboho apprehends alleged soldiers, accuses Federal Government of spying on him,’ dismissed accusations that the FG orchestrated the incident over comments made by Igboho that Yoruba were no longer a part of Nigeria.
He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, preliminary investigation has so far revealed that one of the alleged “soldiers” is a serial impersonator.
“Meanwhile, credible eye witnesses and sources have also revealed that some associates of Igboho went in pursuit of some individuals when the motorbike conveying the impersonator and one Nigerian Air Force officer ran into them.
“The duo were immediately apprehended and taken to the said “IGBOHO House” at Soka before Ibadan toll gate where they were branded as spies. Furthermore, investigations are currently underway by Nigerian Airforce and the Nigerian Army to unravel the actual circumstances which played out on the day.”
The statement said the military “cannot stoop so low to such extent to ‘spy’ on one individual, as wildly and loosely alleged,” noting that the armed forces of Nigeria “is a highly disciplined and professional organization with extant laws and regulations which guide the actions of its personnel in the conduct of their duties.”