Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, a self-proclaimed Yoruba activist, has been released from prison in Benin Republic.
Professor Banji Akintoye, a Yoruba Leader and Leader of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide’s Umbrella Body of Yoruba Self-determination Groups, and Professor Wale Adeniran, a French Language Expert/Deputy Alana of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, were given the Activist on Monday.
Igboho was released to seek medical attention, according to his Counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), who confirmed this to journalists in Ibadan on Monday.
Security officials in Nigeria had been on the lookout for Igboho, who had called for a Yoruba nation and been suspected of separatist tendencies.
His lawyers stated that they had filed for asylum for him before he was arrested in the Benin Republic.
However, Alliyu confirmed Igboho’s release on Monday, saying he was released on the condition that he not leave the medical center or Cotonou for any reason.
“I am writing to advise you that Chief Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a. Igboho, has been released from prison to his medical practitioners, subject to the condition that he not leave the medical center or Cotonou for any reason.”
“For this turn around in our client’s situation, praise should be given to two renowned Yoruba people, namely Prof. Wole Soyinka and Prof. Akintoye,” he stated.
Igboho has been detained since July 19, 2021, when he and his wife, Ropo, were apprehended by the International Criminal Police Organization at Cotonou’s Cadjèhoun Airport on their route to Germany.
After completing the first six months in prison, Igboho’s sentence in the Republic of Benin was extended by six months.
In a short statement yesterday, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, the Communications Secretary to Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, quoted Akintoye as praising the release of Ighoho as “a triumph of truth over darkness in Yoruba Land.”
Sunday Igboho’s release, however, was aided by a collaborative effort by Yoruba leaders in Nigeria and Benin Republic, who had been working tirelessly to obtain his release.
“However, I am unable to provide you with any other information.” We’re taking precautions to avoid any kind of sabotage, but you’ll get more information in the coming days.
Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, also confirmed Igboho’s release yesterday, saying it will relieve tensions in the country.
“I can tell you authoritatively that he has been liberated,” the group’s spokesman, Comrade Jare Ajayi, told Daily Trust in an interview. We in Afenifere, as well as the Yoruba people, are content. It makes those who value personal liberty and self-determination pleased.”
Sunday Adeyemo Igboho’s release was highlighted by Ajayi in a later announcement.
“It isn’t just for him and the Yorubas.”
He went on to say, “It is a victory indicator for all those who believe in personal liberty and a people’s right to self-determination.”
Professors Akintoye and Adeniran, the Ilana Omo Oodua, and Yoruba Obas in Nigeria and Benin Republic were praised by Ajayi for their efforts in ensuring that Igboho was freed.
He also praised the legal staff that is managing his issues in Nigeria and Benin.