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Sunday Igboho is wrong to issue eviction notice to herdsmen — Lawyer Femi Falana



Lagos-based lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has declared the eviction order issued by popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, to Fulani herders in the Ibarapa LGA of Oyo State as unlawful and wrong.

Igboho issued the seven-day eviction order following alleged kidnappings, killings and invasion of farmlands in Ibarapaland by the herders. He and his followers ejected Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir and the herders last week when the order expired.


Falana, in a BBC interview on Wednesday, January 27, said, “With profound respect under our laws, even a squatter cannot be ejected and that is why on a daily basis, tenants are given quit notices by landlords or owners of properties.


So, a private citizen cannot wake up and say anybody should leave the community, you must embrace the rule of law. Nobody can do that, not even the government because section 43 of the constitution says every citizen shall have the right to own and acquire properties in any parts of the country.


The campaign of the human rights community is that if you are born in a place, or you have lived for not less than ten years in any part of the country, you should be considered an indigene and be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the so-called indigenes of the state. So, for me, there is no way I can embrace anyone who has given quit notice to any group of people.



We must stop the idea of criminal profiling. If anybody has committed an offence or a group of people has committed an offence, we must fish them out and have them tried under the law but you can’t wake up and say all Yoruba people, all Hausa people are criminals, all Igbo people are criminals. No, it is a fallacy of generalisation.”


Loveth Ogedegbe: Thursday, 28 January 2021 at 1/28/2021 10:41:00 pm

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