… As victim petitions Inspector General of Police over attempted murder
From Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan
A leaked voice message in which famous Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, was heard threatening to kill those accusing him of land grabbing, is about to compound his woes.
Igboho, who is currently stuck in Cotonou, Benin Republic, where he was detained and released conditionally after months of trials in a “criminal association” case, is banned from leaving the francophone nation until the completion of the case.
In the leaked audio, Igboho could be heard, all the way from Cotonou, threatening to eliminate one Alhaji Waheed Olatunji and other persons who accused him of land grabbing in the Soka area of Ibadan.
It was gathered that Igboho sent the voice note to one Mr Afeez Olatunji, a relative of Alhaji Olatunji, advising him to warn Olatunji to desist from laying claim to the disputed parcel of land or be ready for the worst to happen.
Alhaji Olatunji has, however, petitioned the Inspector-General of Police in a letter in which Sunday Igboho was accused of death threats and land grabbing.
According to Olatunji’s lawyer, the land in dispute belongs to the Anlamole family and his client who is also a member of the family has gotten victory in SUIT NO. I/780/97 at the Oyo State High Court and was affirmed by the dismissal of the appeal against it by the Supreme Court in suit no. SC.609/206.
After the Supreme Court victory, Olatunji’s lawyer revealed that the Anlamole family applied for execution/enforcement of the judgment on the land (subject matter) of the suit which had been encroached and trespassed upon by different parties including Mr Sunday Adeyemo Adisa and Mr Yinka Adeyemi, through the Enforcement Unit of the Oyo State Court.
The petition by Olatunji’s lawyer reads: “Mr Adeyemo threatened our client: Alhaji Waheed Olatunji, one Alhaji Ibrahim and Mr. Afeez Olatunji with death if they do not desist from disturbing ‘his people’ on the land already handed over by the Enforcement Unit of the Oyo State High Court.
“Our client was impelled to brief his solicitors to initiate the first petition when the said Mr. Sunday Adeyemo through telephone threatened to assassinate our client and through to the threat several unknown elements paid several visits to our client’s office and a shot was even fired at our client vehicle from an unknown source.
“It was also discovered that the said Mr Sunday Adeyemo and one Mr Yinka Adeyemi of MINRAG PETROL, actually broke into and started operating a filing station (on the possessed land) sealed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC) on the orders of the Federal High Court sitting at Abuja.
“Despite our above petitions, the said Mr Sunday Adeyemo and other elements have continued threatening our client, Alhaji Ibrahim and Afeez Olatunji’s lives and have now resorted to using police officers from different formations to attempt to kidnap and (more recently ) attempt to eliminate our client and the individuals mentioned above.
“Sir, the latest was the cavalier arrest of our client by officers of the Xsquad of Oyo State Police command on the 19th of July, 2023 and despite his health challenges which were documented by a medical certificate, our client was whisked to the Xsquad where he was shown copies of petitions (but not given even when his solicitors demanded same) levelled by individuals over the execution of the Supreme court judgment.
“Infact one of the petitions was against another individual, not our client’s name, but despite our client’s denial that the name was not his and he never had any transaction against the petitioner, he was still detained and compelled to react to the said petition.Sir, while trying to facilitate the release of our client who very ill and being denied his medication, Mr Afeez Olatunji was abducted/kidnapped by some armed men who wanted to use the cover of night to smuggle him out of Ibadan and took him to a hotel at Elebu, where the said Afeez Olatunji was able to raise alarm and the hotel management rose to his assistance.
“When the said armed men were challenged, they claimed to be police men but the hotel management (to protect their name) insisted on following the men and their captive to any police formation to ascertain the men’s claim and identity with the hotel staff, the men eventually dropped off their captive Mr. Afeez Olatunji at AKS, Dugbe, Ibadan on a trumped charge off robbery and went away.
“Our client and the said Mr. Afeez Olatunji later learnt from inquiries that the said armed men were police men from Ikoyi (former government house) and were led by one, ‘Yemi tracker’(08166410276/09042660136) and also, Tony and IkuRaymond from X squared, Ikeja Police headquarters. Sir the said Afeez Olatunji stated that he heard one of the men talking to someone on the phone that he/she should inform Adeyemo ‘’that they had gotten one of them’’
“Sir to this end we passionately seek your intervention to intervene and take over this matter and save our client and Alhaji Waheed and Afeez Olatunji’ lives from untimely death. The elements have decided not to use the legal system but men from Ikoyi and Xsquad and other formations yet unknown, to harass, abduct, threaten our client. While thanking you for your anticipated response sir, please find attached all relevant documents sir”, the petition reads.
Olatunji had earlier written a petition dated October 4, 2022 against Sunday Igboho over same allegations. In the petition, Olatunji’s solicitor accused Igboho of threat to life, illegal possession of firearms, forgery, malicious damage, conduct likely to cause breach of peace and violent land grabbing. He appealed to the Police boss to investigate the case and take necessary actions. The petitioner recalled how Igboho appeared with armed thugs and a rented crowd to disrupt and prevent the Bailiffs of the Oyo State High Court of Justice and the Police officers from carrying out their lawful duty of executing the judgment delivered by Justice A.A Aderemi in SUIT NO. I/780/97 and APPEAL NO. CA/IB/252/2009.