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Groundswell Of Opposition Trails Arrest Of Sunday Igboho

LAGOS / ABUJA / AKURE / IBADAN – Following the arrest of Sunday Adeye­mo, also known as Sunday Igboho, the campaigner for Yoruba self-determination, on Mon­day evening by the security operatives in Cotonou, Be­nin Republic, opposition has swelled, calling on the West African country not to extra­dite him to Nigeria.

Banouto, a local news­paper in the West African country, quoted Beninise authorities as saying Igbo­ho was arrested at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou while traveling to Germany with his wife.

Igboho’s arrest is com­ing three weeks after he was declared wanted by De­partment of State Services (DSS).

Yomi Alliyu (SAN), Igbo­ho’s counsel, in a statement late Tuesday, declared that his client and wife, a Ger­man citizen, were arrested by the Interpol in Benin.

Alliyu called on the Ger­man government and Benin Republic to prevent the ex­tradition of Igboho to Nige­ria.

“I call upon you 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,” he said.

Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, renowned historian and leader of the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, said Yoruba patriots are currently working to pro­vide assistance for Ighoho to prevent his extradition into Nigeria, saying, “Benin Re­public is a land that respects the rule of law.”

Akintoye in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday by his Com­munications Manager, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, called on all Yoruba people within and beyond the shores of Nigeria to come out and ensure that their ancestral land is not defeated by invaders.

“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 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.

“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 inhuman or dehumanising treatment of any kind.

“We, Yoruba nation, are, 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.

“We know, furthermore, that for the protection of his people who are being bru­talised, 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,” Akintoye said.

Ozekhome Mocks Federal Government

Similarly, frontline rights activist and constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozek­home (SAN), on Tuesday made mockery of the Feder­al Government, saying, “The same government that is sud­denly effective in the case of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho has never been able to capture kidnappers, armed bandits and Boko Haram that are daily ravaging us, turning Nigeria into sprawling field of human carnage”.

He said the arrest of Yoru­ba nation crusader, Sunday Ig­boho, is like pursing the shad­ow and not the substance.

Ozekhome was reacting to the arrest of Yoruba nation crusader, Sunday Igboho, in Benin Republic.

“The Federal Government appears supersonically effec­tive and efficacious when it comes to arresting and repatriating dissenters and challengers of its morbid nepotic and sectionalistic government.

“The same government paradoxically appears abys­mally weak and hopeless­ly helpless when it comes to fighting AK-47 wielding armed bandits, Boko Haram and other deadly insurgents, including ransom-taking kidnappers who are almost kidnapping the very heart and soul of Nigeria on a daily basis”, Ozekhome stated.

In a statement, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria said, “The Nigerian nation appears captured by non-state actors.

“To me, this lopsided tem­plate demonstrates acute in­tolerance and ambivalence. It shows self-contradiction.

“It shows an inclination to­wards enforcing laws against certain people, against certain classes of people, while at the same time turning away the other eye in enforcing laws against the other preferred and pampered set of people.

“Such does not make a na­tion grow, such does not make democracy work.

“Such does not build confi­dence and inclusiveness, the very reasons for the Igbohos and Nnamdi Kanus of this world.

“Such does not enjoin pa­triotism and building of na­tionhood”, Ozekhome stated.

Yoruba Group Cautions Republic Of Benin On Extradition

Yoruba Nation Global Directorate has condemned the arrest of Sunday Ogbo­ho, cautioning Benin govern­ment not to extradite him.

The group said it viewed with dismay the kidnapping attempt to bring to Nigeria Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igbo­ho Monday night at Cotonou by the Department of State Services without following internationally laid down procedures.

A statement signed by the group’s Director, Princess Adeola Atayero Olamijulo, and made available to Dai­ly Independent on Tuesday, condemned and described as gestapo-like the alleged act of the Nigerian government at the international level which undermines civilised conducts.

The group said, “We un­derstood Chief Sunday Ad­eyemo Igboho was in Benin Republic on private visit when the agents of the Bu­hari government intercept­ed him with the view to ar­rest him with the assistance of the Interpol in the early hours of 20th July, 2021 in Cotonou Republic of Benin.

“The YNGD understands that his captors (Interpol) are refusing to hand him over to the Nigerian DSS authority which wanted him extradit­ed to Nigeria within the con­fines of the stipulations of international law and their domestic jurisdiction.

“It will be recalled that the Nigerian government through a detachment of army, police and DSS invaded Chief Adeyemo’s residence in the dead of night, killed two of his aides and abduct­ed 12 others who are still in their custody since July 1, 2021. They have been kept incommunicado since then.

“Lawyer to the detained 12 aides of Chief Adeyemo, Ọmọlola Adekunle, filed legal action against the DSS. The matter has been assigned to court but yet to be heard.

The corpses of the two aides killed in Chief Adeyemo’s residence were taken away by the DSS.”

YNGD has, therefore, ap­pealed to the Beninose gov­ernment not to allow the Nige­rian government have access to Chief Adeyemo because he has done nothing unlawful.

The group said, “Chief Adeyemo is a human rights activist who Buhari’s govern­ment is after because he has been fighting for the rights of his people who are being killed, raped, maimed and kidnapped daily for ransom by Fulani herdsmen who are from Gen. Muhammadu Bu­hari’s tribe. Buhari’s human rights index has dwindled as insecurity has enveloped the country under his adminis­tration.”

Don’t Brutalise Sunday Adeyemo, Yoruba Global Alliance Warns FG

Again, the Yoruba Glob­al Alliance has warned the Federal Government not to brutalise Sunday Adeyemo following his arrest in Benin Republic.

The group in a statement on Tuesday by its director of public communication, Taju Tijani, said that it was regret­table that in the 21st century Nigerians are recording a muscular form of democra­cy under President Muham­madu Buhari, who according to it, is daily retreating into a dangerous dictator bent on grounding Nigeria in shame among the comity of nations.

The statement read in part, “We are witnessing the sudden and shocking re-emer­gence of military chauvinism in virtually all areas of our national life. Sunday Igboho emerged like a messianic fig­ure and with his disarming simplicity and humility was able to enlarge a circle of mu­tual trust and solidarity with his Yoruba tribe at a defining moment when his tribe faced genocide from Fulani herds­men.”

The group maintained that Igboho gave Yoruba elevated understanding of the augu­ries that lay ahead of the ac­tivities of Fulani herdsmen if they are not curtailed in the South Western region of Nigeria.

The group further said, “We are aware that Nige­ria has morphed into a ‘one chance’ democracy that is bent on defending Fulani sectarian interest, curtail freedom, and use military clampdown on opposition figures. This totalitarian im­pulse ferment in ignorance, oppression, fear, and moral defeat.

“President Buhari has been deploying the logic of the ghetto to hunt self-deter­mination groups while cud­dling and pampering Fulani herdsmen, murderous ban­dits, merciless kidnappers, and criminals across North­ern Nigeria.

The Yoruba Global Alli­ance warns that Sunday Ig­boho must not be physically brutalised.

“He must go through and exhaust all the judicial pro­cesses pertaining to extra­dition between Nigeria and Republic of Benin and must have legal representation all the way.

“The public must know the type of crime Igboho commit­ted to be declared wanted as we do not believe in the earlier trump up framing of stockpil­ing arms and ammunition levelled against him by the Nigerian state,” the statement added.

FG’s Inability To Provide Security Created Agitation, Says Ladoja

Meanwhile, a former gov­ernor of Oyo State, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja, has said that it was the Federal Government that created Sunday Adeyemo and Nnam­di Kanu.

Ladoja made this dis­closure while addressing journalists shortly after he observed the two Rakah obligatory Eld-Kabir prayers on Tuesday.

The Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land who spoke at his Ondo Street residence in Ibadan, noted that failure of the Federal Government to address incessant cases of kidnapping, killings and attack of innocent citizens across the country especially in Igangan and other parts of the country made Igboho to become a hero.

The former governor who advised the Federal Govern­ment to handle the arrest of Igboho with care, insisted that many Sunday Igbohos and Nnamdi Kanus will surface if the issues they were agitat­ing for were not handled with care.

“It is not the arrest that is important to me. It is the Fed­eral Government that created Sunday Igboho.

“It is the Federal Govern­ment that created him. It was in respect of killings in Igan­gan and other areas. When the perpetrators are arrest­ed, they will claim that they have power from above and they will release them.

“The Fulani herdsmen have killed many people, Dr. Fatai Aborode, Alhaji Sher­ifat Adisa were killed, and nobody was arrested. That is why Sunday Igboho resorted to self-help. It was because of these that Sunday Igboho came and became a hero.

“If Sunday Igboho is ar­rested today and the attitude did not change, many Sunday Igbohos will surface.

“It has never been bad like this. It is unfortunate that the president is turning deaf ears.

“Just like Kanu, he has become a leader to some peo­ple. Sunday Igboho is also a leader to some people. If the situation is not well man­aged, many Kanus, Igbohos will surface. They should give them amnesty just like the way they are giving Boko Haram,” Ladoja said.

Nothing Harmful Must Happen To Igboho, Afenifere Warns

Afenifere, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, on Tuesday sent a message to the Federal Government that no harm must befall Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, as he has done nothing wrong to necessitate his arrest.

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, national leader of the or­ganisation, in a chat with Daily Independent while con­demning what he called “the dictatorial actions of the Buhari-led Federal Govern­ment”, said Igboho should not be treated as a criminal for demanding secession.

“They have no right to be chasing him around. What has he done? Even if he asked for secession, hasn’t he got a right to do that? It is only in a dictatorial govern­ment that you have this kind of thing. Under the criminal law in Nigeria, do you arrest people in the night without any warrant?

“We are under a military regime which they call ci­vilian (regime). They want to silence everybody at all cost, including the media. No harm must befall Igboho because he has done nothing wrong”, Adebanjo said.

Chief Yomi Aliu (SAN), lawyer to Igboho, said his client cannot be extradited to Nigeria from Benin Re­public.

While confirming Igbo­ho’s arrest on Monday night with his wife, Ropo Adeyemo in Cotonou, Benin Republic, Aliu in a statement, howev­er, stated they cannot be ex­tradited because of a treaty with Benin on political of­fenders.

The lawyer, who said Ig­boho is a political offender, also said the treaty is cate­gorical that any political of­fender unlikely to get justice at home should not be extra­dited to home country.

According to him, lawyers in Benin Republic would be engaged to defend Igboho’s rights against extradition.

“It is a shocking news that Nigerian government has gotten Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Ig­boho Oosa arrested by In­terpol in Republic of Benin notwithstanding the politi­cal nature of his offence and what the DSS earlier said that they refrained from arresting him so as not to overheat the polity of South Western Nigeria.

“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Ni­geria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. It also states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of dis­crimination and/or undue delay in prosecution the host country should not release the fugitive.

“Now, Article 20 of Afri­can Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which the four countries are signa­tories made agitation for self-determination a funda­mental right to be protected by all countries. This made Chief Sunday Adeyemo a political offender who can­not be deported and/or ex­tradited by the good people of the Republic of Benin for any reason.

“Secondly, that he cannot get justice or even be killed is apparent in how those arrested in his house were detained for more than 21 days now without access to their lawyers. Even the wife among them could not change her undies for 21 days! Which inhuman treat­ment can be more than this?

“Again another wife of our client Mrs. Ropo Adeye­mo, a German citizen, has been arrested together with her husband in Cotonou. What offence has she com­mitted to warrant this?

“We urge the good gov­ernment of the Republic of Benin and international community, especially Ger­many, to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian government by refusing any application for extradition of our client who already has application before ICC duly acknowledged.”

Also on Tuesday, Olayomi Koiki, Igboho’s media aide, said he has not been released by the authorities of Benin Republic.

There were reports on so­cial media that Igboho who was arrested in Cotonou on Monday night alongside his wife, Ropo Adeyemo, had been released and was on his way to Germany.

When contacted by Daily Independent, Koiki said the report was untrue as noth­ing of such happened.

“Please disregard the report. There is nothing as such”, he said.

HURIWA Asks Buhari To Declare Miyetti Allah Terrorist Group

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the arrest of Yoruba nation agitator, Sun­day Adeyemo, with his wife.

HURIWA in a statement issued by its National Co­ordinator, Emmanuel On­wubiko, wondered why the Muhammadu Buhari-led government failed to pro­scribe Fulani militia and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breed­ers Association of Nigeria, as terror groups despite the killing of Southern and Christian farmers in the country.

The group said the se­lective arrests of mainly Southern agitators whilst pampering and petting Fu­lani terrorists is at variance to Chapter 4, Section 42 of the Nigerian Constitution which represents the Right to Freedom from discrimi­nation.

The statement read, “The selective arrests of mainly Southern Nigerian born agi­tators whilst pampering and petting Fulani terrorists is at variance to Chapter 4, Sec­tion 42 of the Nigerian Con­stitution which represents the Right to Freedom from Discrimination.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has clearly demonstrated to the world that it is only out to stop crusaders in Southern Nigeria who have effective­ly activated mechanisms for checking and slowing down the incessant violence and terror attacks against com­munities all over Southern Nigeria by armed Fulani militia supported by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Asso­ciation.

“The administration of Muhammadu Buhari by fiercely going after Sunday Igboho of the Yoruba self-de­termination agitation plat­form and Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra and then maintain­ing unpatriotic silence and active conspiratorial silence on the dastardly terrorists activities of Muhammadu Buhari’s kinsmen and ban­dits including those who shot down a military jet in Zamfara State.

“The government by this latest clampdown on Sunday Igboho has demonstrated unambiguous evidence of supporting the agenda of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breed­ers Association which only few days back made sense­less allegation that South West governors are provid­ing refuge for Sunday Igbo­ho even when the gentleman has committed no crime but is being framed up over trumped up charges made by the Department of State Services that seems to be working in cahoot with the Fulani ethnic warriors.”

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