Yoruba Nation campaigner, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho has been released from custody in Benin Republic.
Igboho was released on Monday to Yoruba Nation arrowhead Leader of the Umbrella body of Yoruba Self-determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Banji Akintoye.
Checks by The Nation show the 49-year-old agitator has spent over 231 days in Benin Republic prison after he was arrested on July 19, 2021.
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Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, disclosed in a statement released by its spokesperson, Maxwell Adeleye, titled, ‘Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo Ighoho released to Yoruba leader, Banji Akintoye; French language expert, Adeniran by the Benin Republic Government’ that Sunday Igboho was released today March 7.
The statement reads:
“Yoruba Nation Activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Ighoho, has been released by the Government of Republic of Benin.
The Activist was released on Monday to a Yoruba Leader and Leader of the Umbrella body of Yoruba Self-determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Professor Banji Akintoye and a French Language Expert/ Deputy Alana of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Professor Wale Adeniran.
Akintoye described the release of Ighoho as a triumph of truth over darkness in Yorubaland.”
Igboho was arrested in the Benin Republic while on his way to Germany on July 19 together with his wife, Ropo, while fleeing Nigeria after his home was raided by security agents in July last year. His wife was later released from custody.
Many supporters have lamented the continuous detention of Igboho ‘without trial’.
The legal battle to either extradite Igboho to Nigeria or free him has witnessed a series of dramatic twists and turns.