Segun Adewole

Sunday Igboho

A renowned historian, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, has confirmed the arrest of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

The PUNCH learnt that Igboho was arrested on Monday at an airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

In a statement confirming the arrest, Akintoye who heads the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Oodua, said he and others are “working to provide assistance for Ighoho to prevent his extradition into Nigeria,” saying “Benin Republic is a land that respects the rules of law.”

He called on all Yoruba people “within and beyond the shores of Nigeria to come out and ensure that their ancestral land is not defeated by invaders.”

The statement titled, ‘Ighoho: There’s A Strong Possibility That Extradition Request Of Nigerian Government May Be Rejected By Benin Republic – Akintoye,’ was signed by him and made available to newsmen by his Communications Manager, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye.

It read in part, “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.

*The Punch