Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, a renowned historian and leader of Yoruba self- determination groups, has confirmed the arrest of Yoruba liberation warrior Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, in the Benin Republic.
Akintoye, on the other hand, said he and other Yoruba Patriots who were immediately available are currently working to help Ighoho avoid extradition to Nigeria, similar to IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu. The Professor described the Benin Republic as a country that follows the rules of law.
The leader of the Yoruba group, in a statement signed and made available to Pressman by his Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, called on the Yoruba people in Nigeria and the diaspora to unite and guarantee that their ancestral country is not conquered by invaders.
” The Benin Republic is a land that respects the laws of law, ” Akintoye said, adding that he and other Yoruba patriots who are immediately available are actively trying to assist Ighoho in preventing his extradition to Nigeria.
Akintoye urged all Yoruba people living within and beyond Nigeria’ s borders to come out and defend their ancestral country from intruders.
” I received last night the troubling information that Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Igboho had been arrested at the Cotonou Airport.
” I and other Yoruba patriots who are immediately available are now working to assist 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.
” Fortunately, Benin Republic is reliably a land of law, where the authorities responsibly obey the law. We have secured the services of a leading and highly respected lawyer, whom we can confidently rely on.
” 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 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 ravished in their ancestral homeland; 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.
” We know, furthermore, that for the protection of his people who are being brutalized, he has joined hands with many of his brethren to take the legally appropriate step, namely to seek the intervention of the International Criminal Court. “