Yoruba Nation freedom fighter, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Igboho has been arrested in the Benin Republic.
Professor Emeritus Banji Akintoye, the leader of the Yoruba Self-Determination Groups on Tuesday confirmed his arrest in the Benin Republic.
Professor Akintoye, however, allayed our fears of extraditing him to Nigeria, adding that himself and Yoruba patriots, who are working to provide assistance for Ighoho to prevent his extradition into Nigeria.
The Yoruba leader described the Benin Republic as a country with great respect for rule of law. “The Benin Republic is a land that respects the rules of law,” Akintoye said.
It was gathered that Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.
Akintoye, in a statement by his Communications Manager, Mr Maxwell Adeleye, called on all Yoruba people within and beyond the shores of Nigeria to ensure that their ancestral land is not defeated by invaders.
“I and other Yoruba Patriots who are immediately available, and 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.
“What the situation now calls for is that the Yoruba nation at home and in Diaspora must stand strong, resolved that neither Sunday Igboho nor any other Yoruba person will henceforth be subjected to the inhuman or dehumanizing treatment of any kind.
“We Yoruba nation is, by the grace of God, a very strong nation. We must arise now to show that strength.
“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 know that some people are trying to suppress or even eliminate him only because he stood up to defend his kinsmen, women and children who are being massively killed and raped in their ancestral home Land; who are having their assets and means of livelihood destroyed, and who are facing ethnic cleansing and even genocide without having the benefit of protection by the rulers of their country.