Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been released by the Beninese authorities after two years of trial, according to Punch. Igboho announced on Sunday that he is now legally free to leave Cotonou, the capital of Benin Republic, and return to Nigeria, as well as travel to other countries.
“I am now free to return to Nigeria and visit any country in the world. I have fulfilled all the legal conditions attached to my bail a few years back and I am coming home to Nigeria, my country of origin, any moment from now,” Igboho stated. “I can confirm to you that I am now free to come back to Nigeria. There is no legal encumbrance again.”
Despite residing in Cotonou for some time, Igboho affirmed that he has obtained the liberty to depart from Cotonou and head back to Nigeria. This marks the end of his two-year legal battle with the Beninese government.
In March 2021, Igboho caused controversy when he proclaimed the sovereignty of the Yoruba Nation. He initiated a campaign to expel killer herdsmen and kidnappers from the South-West states and called on Yoruba people residing in Hausa/Fulani or Igbo territories to return home.
Following a nighttime raid on his residence in Ibadan by the Department of State Services (DSS) in July 2021, Igboho fled Nigeria. The attack resulted in at least one fatality and the destruction of some of his belongings.
During the invasion, the DSS alleged that they discovered seven AK-47 rifles, pump-action guns, 5,000 rounds of ammunition, charms, and other weapons in Igboho’s apartment. However, this judgment was later overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2022.
Igboho was subsequently arrested at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou while attempting to escape to Germany. Previous attempts by the former President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to repatriate him to Nigeria were unsuccessful.