Hours after arrest, Igboho reportedly heads to Germany
- As Yoruba leaders react, commend Benin Republic Govt for intervention
Leader of the Yoruba nation agitation, Sunday Adeyamo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho has reportedly been released by the government of the Republic of Benin where was arrested and detained for hours on Monday night alongside his wife as they were fleeing to Germany.
Reports however suggest the Activist has been released and he was on his way to Germany following interventions by authorities and the Benin Republic government.
Yomi Aliyu, lead counsel to the Yoruba Nation activist, Igboho, had in a reaction on Tuesday said that it was the International Criminal Police Organization, INTERPOL that arrested Igboho alongside his wife, Ropo, in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The Federal Government of Nigeria had through INTERPOL got Adeyemo, a.k.a Sunday Igboho, who is a German citizen, and his wife arrested at an airport in Benin Republic, one of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries in the West African sub-region.
Reports say the Senior Advocate urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic and the international community “to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has application before the International Criminal Court duly acknowledged”.
The Federal Government of Nigeria had placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop Igboho from leaving the country.
Media reports said he was consequently nabbed by security operatives in the neighboring country and they were plans to extradite him to Nigeria before interventions from Yoruba leaders and elders made the Benin Republic government to oppose the Nigerian government’s extradition moves.
This was perfected through efforts by a renowned historian and leader of Yoruba Self-determination Group, Banji Akintoye who said the group has mobilized people from Nigeria to prevent the extradition of Sunday Igboho from Benin Republic to Nigeria.
A statement signed by Akintoye and made available to journalists through his Communication Manager, Maxwell Adeleye said Igboho has committed no crime to deserve the treatment that Nigerian government is subjecting him to.
“I received last night the troubling information that Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Igboho had been arrested at the Cotonou Airport,” Akintoye said.
“I and other Yoruba patriots who are immediately available are now working to provide the assistance necessary to ensure that nobody will be able to do to him anything unlawful or primitive and to prevent him from being extradited into Nigeria which is strongly possible.
“Fortunately, Benin Republic is reliably a land of law where the authorities responsibly obey the law. We have secured the services of a leading and highly respected lawyer whom we can confidently rely on.
“What the situation now calls for is that the Yoruba nation at home and in Diaspora must stand strong, resolved that neither Sunday Igboho nor any other Yoruba person will henceforth be subjected to inhuman or dehumanizing treatment of any kind.
“For a start, we must all see to it now that Sunday Ighoho will get his freedom back so as to be able to move and operate as a free person. We all know he has committed no crime.”