Sunday Igboho, a prominent Yoruba activist, is attempting to flee Nigeria and is currently obtaining a new passport, according to the Nigerian government.
The government also stated that the activist has been placed on a stop-list for the time being in order to expedite his apprehension.
The government said it has directed security agencies to arrest Igboho anywhere he is found.
The Nigeria Immigration Service wrote to the Director-General, Department of State Services, DSS, the Inspector General of Police, and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, on July 9, 2021.
The NIS letter, titled “Stop-listing of person: Adeyemo Sunday Adeniyi (aka Sunday Igboho), male, Nigerian, passport number A11613637, date of birth 10/10/1972,” was signed on behalf of the Comptroller General by Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration, Investigation, and Compliance, A.B. Baba, and copied to all zonal controllers and control posts nationwide.
“I am directed to request that you kindly place the above-named person on stop-list. Credible intelligence revealed that Adeyemo is making efforts to obtain a police extract and/or court affidavit to enable him acquire a new Nigerian passport, apparently to facilitate his escape out of the country,” it reads.
“In addition, he should be arrested wherever and whenever sighted and referred to the Director-General, Department of State Services vide letter no: S.605/A/246 dated 05 July 2021.”