Sunday Igboho regains freedom
Republic of Benin hands him over to Yoruba Nation leader, Prof Banji Akintoye
There are indications that the Yoruba Nation campaigner, Chief Sunday Adeyemo also alias Sunday Ighoho, has been released in Benin Republic.
Igboho was reported to have been released on Monday to Yoruba Nation arrowhead and leader of the Umbrella body of Yoruba Self-determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Prof Banji Akintoye.
In a statement by the group’s Communications Secretary, Maxwell Adeleye, Akintoye described the release of Igboho as a triumph of truth over darkness in Yorubaland.
A source close to the group told www.thegavel.com.ng that the procedure for his release was intensified last week. “He ought to have been released last Friday but for a long documentation procedure. The source also said that
Igboho will not be coming to Nigeria immediately. He will for now live and conduct his business in Cotonou. “His wife has already rented a house where they are going to live and conduct their business. He however can travel to any part of the world he so desires.
The Department of State Services had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence on July 1, 2021, killed two of his aides and arrested 12 of his aides who were later released after months in detention at the secret police’s headquarters in Abuja.
Declared wanted by the DSS for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria, an allegation he denied, Igboho escaped to the neighbouring francophone country in July 2021. However, luck ran out on him and he was arrested by the Interpol at a Benin airport on July 19, 2021 when he tried to board a Germany-bound flight.
He was remanded in a prison in Benin Republic since then where he was said to have faced trial for immigration-related offences, amongst others.
But Akintoye, who had earlier said he relocated to Benin Republic to secure Igboho’s freedom, announced on Monday that the activist has been freed.
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