A self-determination group, Yoruba Nation Global Directorate (YNGD), has claimed that Yoruba Nation agitator and activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, and his wife, Ropo, have regained freedom after the Benin Republic authorities set them free, barely 24 hours after they were arrested at the Cotonou airport.
YNGD further claimed that Sunday Igboho and his wife were already on their way to Germany, where they planned to relocate after the Directorate of State Security (DSS) attacked their home in Soka axis of Ibadan, Oyo State, killed two persons, arrested 13 others and declared him wanted.
The group’s Director, Adeola Olamijulo, in a statement titled: Chief Sunday Adeyemi Released’, commended the Benin Republic government for yielding to Nigerians demands not to extradite Sunday Igboho back to Nigeria.
Olamijulo, in a statement released on Tuesday and signed by the Directorate Coordinator for information for the group, Demola Edwards, said that the swift intervention of Nigerians including those in the Benin Republic, fast-track the release from detention.
The statement reads in part: “The Yoruba Nation Global Directorate has expressed its appreciation to the government and people of Benin Republic for their intervention in the release of the human rights activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho”.
Debunking the group’s claim, the counsel to the detained activist, Yomi Alliyu, said that his client was still been held alongside his wife by the Beninoise authorities, saying my client is still being detained in Benin Republic.
Also, a member of the leading organisation championing the cause, Ilana Omo Odua, Prof. Wale Adeniran, who also refused the group’s claim and urged the public to do away with the claims made by YNGD.
He said: “I have just spoken with his lawyer. The lawyer has visited the location where he (Igboho) is been held. He 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 that I hope they are not going to play a prank 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 handle 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 rest assured that he will have the opportunity to see him tomorrow.”
Earlier, Sunday Igboho’s lead counsel, Yomi Alliyu, had hinted that the plan of his client and the wife was to leave for Germany where they believed the Nigerian government would not have access to them.
Alliyu, meanwhile, appealed to the German government to intervene and prevent violation of human rights against their citizen and that of her husband, Sunday Igboho.
According to him, the Federal Government of Nigeria through INTERPOL got Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, and his wife, who is a German citizen, arrested on Monday night at an airport in Benin Republic, one of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries in the West African sub-region. Igboho was arrested while he tried to catch a flight to Germany with his wife.
The senior advocate urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic, and the international community “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”.