Igboho Will Soon be Released From Detention, There Will be Jubilation in Yoruba Land — Lawyer

An Abuja based human rights lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi has said that Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, will soon be released from detention in Benin Republic.

Olajengbesi, who secured the release of 12 Igboho’s aides arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service, stated this in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Although Olajengbesi had in January resigned from the team of Nigerian lawyers for Igboho, he expressed hope that the release of Igboho from Benin Prison would attract wild jubilation across Yoruba land.

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It would be recalled that Igboho has been in detention in Benin Republic since he was arrested at an airport in Cotonou by the West Africa’s Nation Security Forces, while he was trying to flee to Germany in July 2021.

The 49-year-old agitator fled Nigeria for Benin Republic after the Federal Government declared him wanted.

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Despite frantic efforts to get him released, checks show he has spent over 201 days in Benin Republic prison.

A Beninise court blocked the extradition of Igboho to Nigeria while ruling that the activist be remanded in prison pending further hearing.

Meanwhile, Igboho’s supporters including Agbekoya Farmers Society and the Diaspora Groups, have continued to express worries over his prolonged stay in detention and have demanded for his ‘unconditional’ release.


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