How Sunday Igboho was arrested in Benin Republic


Following the news of the reported arrest of yoruba activist Sunday adeyemo fondly called Sunday Igboho, details have emerged of how he was arrested three weeks after he was declared wanted by Nigeria’s secret police, the Republican Police on Monday evening arrested

Mr Igboho, a campaigner for Yoruba self-determination, was arrested in neighbouring Cotonou, Benin Republic, while trying to travel to Germany.

According to the report by a local newspaper in the neighbouring country, Banouto, reports, it was revealed that Beninise authorities as saying Mr Igboho was nabbed at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou.

From the reported news. Sunday Igbo was asked to drop from his plane, arrested by the Beninese police while he was trying to travel to Germany and then transferred to the Cotonou Criminal Brigade.”

Looking at the Details of the bilateral agreement between the two countries, Mr Igboho’s extradition should be concluded without hindrance.

Though, the arrest has not been made official by the Nigerian government, reactions have started pouring in from different Yoruba groups.

However, counsel to Mr Igboho, has called on the government of Benin Republic to prevent the extradition of Mr. Igboho to Nigeria.

“I call upon you to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our client who already has an application before the International Criminal Court duly acknowledged, ” this was contained in a statement issued to the public.

A Yoruba nation agitation group, Ilana Omo Oodua, led by Banji Akintoye, said in a statement Tuesday that it is “currently working to provide assistance for Ighoho to prevent his extradition into Nigeria.”

Reacting to the news of his arrest, Mr. Akintoye said “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 have secured the services of a leading and highly respected lawyer whom we can confidently rely on. We know, furthermore, that for the protection of his people who are being brutalized, 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.”

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