The Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced the process to extradite Sunday Igboho from Benin Republic.
The Yoruba agitator was apprehended in the neighboring country on Monday night.
Nigeria is not expected to face resistance from the Beninoise government, an age-long ally.
The authorities regard Africa’s most populous nation as “big brother”.
Igboho was declared wanted after the Department of State Services (DSS) operation at his Ibadan residence on July 1.
He was asked to turn himself in to the nearest security agency. But the secessionist went underground.
Igboho stayed away from the July 3 Yoruba Nation rally he promoted and later called off due to the assault on his home.
An intelligence source had said nothing supernatural about him and that his hideout had been identified.
“If this secessionist thinks he’s hiding, that thought should be erased. The government knows where he is but is restraining due to tactical reasons,” the source said.
The strategy was to wait till he came out of hiding. Igboho was nabbed just ten days after federal agencies placed him on stop-list.
The July 9 memo copied the DSS, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Nigeria Police.