A leader of the Yoruba Nation agitators, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho, and his wife, Ropo, were reported to have been arrested and detained by foreign security agencies in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and would be repatriated to Nigeria very soon.
As gathered, Sunday Igboho and his wife he was arrested at an airport in Cotonou, the country’s capital while trying to board a flight to another European country particularly Germany.
The spouses were arrested by the country’s International Criminal Police Organisation was said to have picked the Sunday Igboho and his wife, a German citizen, while trying to board a flight to Germany, barely three weeks after the Department of State Services (DSS) declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied.
Confirming the arrest, the activist’s lead counsel, Yomi Alliyu, on Tuesday, in a statement made available to newsmen, 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”.
Sunday Igboho and his wife’s arrest came barely 24 hours after 48 fellow agitators were granted bail by a court sitting in Yaba axis of Lagos State, following their arrest by Nigerian Police over alleged disturbance of public peace across the state.