Activist Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho on Friday explained why he turned down the invitation from the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu.
The invitation was sent to the activist on Thursday via DHL and another with about 15 police officers – but both were rejected due to security reasons according to Igboho’s media aide Olayomi Koiki.
Mr Olayomi explained that both were not received by Sunday Igboho’s security operatives due to safety reasons as such a letter had purportedly led to the death of Nigerian journalist, Dele Giwa.
Olayomi said: “We would like to tell the international communities and every Nigerian that this morning 1st of April, 2021, a letter was sent via DHL to Chief Sunday Igboho but the letter was not received by his security operatives.
“Later around 3 pm of the same day, a team of about 6 men without uniform arrived in a Corolla car and another 9 were in police uniform but all were identified as police officers.
“They wanted to see Chief Sunday Igboho with a letter said to have been addressed to him by the Inspector General of Police. Again, the letter was not received by Chief Sunday’s security team.
“Chief Sunday would like to know why a letter was sent to him and for what purpose. If the IG of police wants to invite him, we would like him to first send the same letter to all the bandits and Boko Haram members killing our mothers and farmers and those kidnapping them.
“Since the IG of police wants to invite him, he should make a public statement addressed to Chief Sunday Igboho.
“We should all remember how letters had been sent to previous Yoruba sons like the late Dele Giwa.”
Sunday Igboho became a subject of interest to government after he served a notice to quit on Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the south-west in January.
The police first attempt to arrest him on February 26 when he was accosted by security agents around the Guru Maharaji bus stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The move was, however, foiled by the activist’s followers.
The activist who called for the creation of a sovereign Yoruba nation had previously urged security forces to focus on capturing Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, and invite Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who had been meeting with bandits and requesting amnesty for them.