Former President Olusegun Obasanjo travelled to Benin Republic within the first week of August in an try at mediating within the ongoing trial of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, in any other case often known as Igboho.
According to TheCable, prime sources within the diplomatic circles stated the previous president travelled to Zanzibar, an island in Tanzania on August 1 and rerouted to the Francophone nation.
He was stated to have travelled to Benin Republic on the guise of condoling with Nicephore Soglo who lately misplaced his spouse – Roseline Soglo. Roseline died on July 25 on the age of 87 in Cotonou.
Soglo was president of Benin Republic from 1991 to 1996.
“Former President Obasanjo travelled to Zanzibar on August 1. Perhaps to conceal his trip; he rerouted to Benin Republic,” one of many sources stated.
“He was to condole with former President Soglo who recently lost his wife.”
Another supply who was additionally aware about Obasanjo’s journey stated, “He also met with Patrice Talon. The purpose of the meeting was to seek soft-landing for Sunday Igboho. He’s asking the Beninese authorities to grant the separatist leader asylum, and not to return him to Nigeria.
“The former president intervened on the request of some South-West leaders.”
SaharaReporters had two weeks in the past reported that Igboho was awaiting his destiny on the Cour De’Appel De Cotonou, Benin Republic, following his arraignment by the authorities of the nation.
A supply had informed SaharaReporters that the activist was not for extradition to Nigeria.
SaharaReporters had reported how Benin Republic police about 4 weeks in the past arrested Igboho at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, whereas attempting to fly from the nation to Germany.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had on July 1 raided the residence of the activist in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Igboho had deliberate a ”Yoruba Nation Rally” in Lagos two days earlier than the raid.
The DSS raided the residence, killing two individuals and arresting 12 aides however Igboho escaped.
The company alleged that Igboho was stockpiling weapons, and subsequently declared him needed.