The Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Igboho was arrested inside the plane by the Beninese police, having already boarded aircraft at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, the Benin Republic Capital.
Penpushing reports that, investigation revealed that, he was thereafter transferred to the Cotonou Criminal Brigade for extradition to Nigeria on the request of the President Muhammed Buhari led administration
The arrest of campaigner for Yoruba self-determination has, however, attracted condemnation from various quarters with a Yoruba nation agitation group, Ilana Omo Oodua, led by Banji Akintoye, declaring that the body would frustrate Nigerian government move to extradite him.
Penpushing reports that, the group in a statement Tuesday said it was working to provide assistance for Ighoho to prevent his extradition into Nigeria, and called on Yoruba both at home and diaspora to rise up to the challenge.
“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’, Akintoye emphasised.
“We have secured the services of a leading and highly respected lawyer whom we can confidently rely on. We know, furthermore, that for the protection of his people who are being brutalized, 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.”
Penpushing further rports that, in similar vein,a sociocultural group in Oyo State, The Landmark Group, in a statement by its chairman, Ayo Adekunle, accused the Nigerian government of trying to victimise and dehumanise Igboho.
“It’s astonishing that the charges against our brother are neither of killing, kidnapping or abduction which are the thriving businesses in Nigeria today and need the concerted efforts of the government working with the state and local government. However, with the kind of treatment and selective manhunt for our brother, such collaborative efforts may be an exercise in futility.
“In a nation where bandits are in photo ops with some governors and Boko Haram members are being given amnesty, is it a crime to defend your people against invasion? This, we believe, is the sin of our brother, Sunday Igboho. All other issues are being joined to raise unnecessary sentiments.
“We, therefore, call on Governor Seyi Makinde who is the chief security officer of Oyo State, and indeed, governors of the South-West States, to ensure the safety of our brother against victimization. We equally call on the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari to exercise restraint and stop the manhunt for our brother. He is only fighting for justice and equity for his people and, as such, should not be treated as a criminalPenpushing also reports that, Igboho’s lawyer while reacting to the ugly development called on the government of Benin Republic to prevent the extradition of Igboho to Nigeria,calling on authorities of the neighbouring country to rise and curb the impunity of the Buhari administration.
“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
Penpushing reports that, it is recalled that Igboho’s house, located in Soka, Ibadan, capital of Oyo State was earlier this month invaded by operatives of the Department of Security Service(DSS) at bout 1am, killing some of his aides
The operatives did not stop as the killings, as they also destroyed number of vehicles which include G-wagon, Prado Jeep, and some valuable properties including furniture, and windows in the building.
Penpushing further reports that, the spokesperson of the Department of Security Service(DSS) , later in a press statement said seven AK 47 rifles, pump action guns and 5,000 rounds of ammunition and other weapons were recovered from the apartment.
The Department image maker added that security operatives recovered the weapons after a “hot gun duel between them and Igboho’s guards, ans also admitted that two of Igboho’s men were killed in the process while a security agent was shot on the right hand and hospitalised.
Penpushing also reports that, Igboho in response to the Department of Security Service(DSS) claim said the weapons were not his and that security operatives planted ammunition in his house in order to implicate him.
The Department of Security Servuce(DSS) later declared Mr Igboho wanted, while recently his(Igboho) lawyer wrote the department demanding an apology and N500 million in damagefrom the security operatives for destroying Igboho’s residence.
Penpushing reports that, as at the time of filing this report, the Nigerian government nor its agency were yet to make any statement in regards the arrest and planned extradition of Igboho to Nigeria
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