There are strong indications that embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, may still be in detention in Benin Republic, contrary to reports that he has been released and on his way to Germany to continue with the agitation for a sovereign Yoruba nation.
Reports quoting a leading Yoruba academic and Sunday Igboho’s aide have dismissed the statement by a Yoruba group that he has been set free as false.
The self-determination group, Yoruba Nation Global Directorate (YNGD), had claimed in a statement that Sunday Igboho and his wife, Ropo, had regained freedom after the Benin Republic authorities released them following his alleged surrender at the Cotonu Airport over migration issues.
Reports had alluded to pressures from Western nations on the Benin Republic government as reason for the release of Igboho who was recently declared wanted by Nigeria’s Directorate of State Security (DSS) for alleged stockpiling of arms in his residence and plot to destabilise the country.
However, a report by the online edition of The Nation newspaper of Nigeria, quoted Professor Wale Adeniran of Ilana Omo Odua, the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, as saying in a Zoom conversation organised by Heritage Multimedia TV on Tuesday evening that Sunday Igboho was still being held in Benin Republic and was being denied access to his lawyer.
Adeniran, a former Director of the Institute of African Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and the pioneer Commissioner of Education in Osun State said: “I have just spoken with his lawyer. The lawyer has visited the location where he (Igboho) is being held.
“He (the lawyer) was not allowed to see him (Igboho) but they confirmed to him that they are holding him in that location.
“He was asked to come back tomorrow (Wednesday) by 8:00am to see him.
“I asked him hope they are not going to play a funny game of secretly extraditing him? The lawyer told me it is not possible.
“We filed an application for political asylum for him over a week ago. With that in process, he cannot be legally extradited from Benin republic. I am very confident about that.
“I handled the application myself with the immigration lawyer and he assured me that since that application has been filed, he cannot be extradited. I think we should be rest assured that he will have the opportunity to see him tomorrow.”
The report quoted Adeniran as carpeting those falsely reporting that Igboho has been released, saying: “Why should people be putting out false information that he has been released which is injurious to this struggle and to the welfare and wellbeing of Igboho?”
Adeniran further disclosed that four international lawyers from Benin Republic, Nigeria, France and Britain are on the case but that when they saw the trending news, they had to call him to confirm.
Also speaking to Nigeria’s DAILY INDEPENDENT newspaper, Chief Sunday Igboho’s media aide, Olayomi Koiki, dismissed the story of the activist’s alleged release, saying categorically that the report is untrue.