- “We Yoruba Nation are, by the grace of God, a very strong nation. We must arise now to show that strength.”
The extradition of the arrested Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo well known as Sunday Igboho, may be rejected by Benin Republic, EKO HOT BLOG has gathered.
EKO HOT BLOG had in the early hours of Tuesday reported that Sunday Igboho was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night while attempting to flee to Germany.
However, the leader of the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), Prof. Emeritus Banji Akintoye, has disclosed that Yoruba Patriots are working hard to provide assistance for Ighoho towards preventing his extradition to Nigeria, saying “Benin Republic is a land that respects the rules of law”.
Akintoye further called on all Yoruba people both at home and in disapora to ensure that Yorubaland is not defeated by invaders.
He said, “I received last night the troubling information that Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Igboho had been arrested at the Cotonou Airport.
“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,” the Ilana Omo Oodua leader stated.
Akintoye continued, “What the situation now calls for is that the Yoruba nation at home and in Diapora must stand strong, resolved that neither Sunday Igboho nor any other Yoruba person will henceforth be subjected to inhuman or dehumanising treatment of any kind.
“We Yoruba Nation are, by the grace of God, a very strong nation. We must arise now to show that strength.
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“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.
“We know that some people are trying to suppress or even eliminate him only because he stood up to defend his kinsmen, women, and children who are being massively killed and raped in their ancestral home Land; who are having their assets and means of livelihood destroyed, and who are facing ethnic cleansing and even genocide without having the benefit of protection by the rulers of their country.
“We know, furthermore, that for the protection of his people who are being brutalised, he has joined hands with many of his brethren to take the legally-appropriate step, namely to seek the intervention of the International Criminal Court,” he said.
EKO HOT BLOG recalls that the Department of State Services (DSS) had declared Sunday Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied.
The DSS had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides, and killed two of them in a gun battle.
The Federal Government of Nigeria later placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop the Yoruba Nation agitator from leaving the country.
Meanwhile, the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, could not be reached for comment as of the time of filing this report.
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