SUNDAY IGBOHO’S EXTRADITION: Finally, Afenifere, Illana Omo Oodua React, Blasts DSS

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The move to extradite Sunday Igboho, the self- styled Yoruba rights activist, back to Nigeria has been met with a stiff resistance by some powerful Yoruba groups.

This is as Afenifere, and Illana Omo Oodua, kicked against the move made by the Department of State Services (DSS) to have Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho extradited back to Nigeria.

According to VANGUARD NEWS, Mr. Igboho is currently being held up in a Beninese court in Cotonou. He was arrested there some months ago.

Reports have that the Department of States Services recently announced that there were moves made to have the Yoruba rights activist extradited to Nigeria.

But responding, Afenifere released a statement in which it described the desperate effort made by the Federal Government to extradite Igboho to Nigeria as clearly showing that the government was ” not committed to genuinely tackle the challenges theywn up by those who are agitating for self- determination in the country.

The atatement released by Afenifere reads: ” Were the Federal Government to be sincere with its recent declaration of wanting to settle the agitators’ issues politically, it would not be pursuing the path of extradition that it is bent on doing presently.

” Not only that, the government would obey the verdict given by a High Court in Ibadan on September 17, 2021, by paying the ₦20. 5 billion as ordered rather than going on an appeal.

” If the Federal Government genuinely wanted to solve the problems thrown up by self- determination agitations, it should obey the judgements already given in favour of the agitators and convene meetings with leaders of the ethnic nationalities particularly those from the South- East and South- West where Kanu and Igboho came from.

” Solicitors for the agitators and interested stakeholders should also be present at the meetings. Such meetings should be convened without delay. ”

In a similar vein, during the inauguration of the Illana Omo Oodua Worldwide Elders Advisory Council, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, spokesman of the group lambasted the DSS for their actions.

Mr. Maxwell opined that the DSS did not file any extradition charge to have Mr. Sunday Igboho extradited to Nigeria. He said the government is too poor to do so.

In his words: ” They (FG) don’ t have money to pay the fine and that is why they wanted to quash the judgement. Also, the appeal for a stay of execution that was filed by DSS has not been granted by the court.

Professor Banji Akintoye, leader of the Illana Omo Oodua pointed out that the Advisory Council became essential to work with traditional rulers and other leaders of the Yoruba race to ensure that the agitation for actualisation of the odua Nation was a successful one.

In his words: ” We are ready to fight for Yoruba nation and until we succeed, there are some things the elders can do that the youths cannot do. Of course, the youths are also key towards the realisation of Yoruba nation through protests, rallies, social media, and others but they also need the elders to champion the course. ”

This is certainly not the best of time for the Yoruba rights activist. Sunday Igboho has been through a lot. He has been in the Beninese Prison since he was caught some months ago.

Source: Mcebiscoo.com

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