Yoruba leaders, together with monarchs, have rallied assist for Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) who was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Some of the leaders disclosed that there have been deliberations on the matter.
It was additionally gathered that attorneys had been mobilised to cease Igboho’s extradition to Nigeria.
SaharaReporters completely reported how the Yoruba rights activist was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night time.
According to a supply who spoke with Punch, leaders of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Ilana Oodua, and different Yoruba self-determination teams, who petitioned the International Criminal court docket are concerned within the matter.
In a duplicate of the petition despatched to ICC, different teams concerned within the agitation for the Yoruba Nation are Yoruba Strategy Alliance, Igbega Omo Oodua, Isokan Omo Oodua, United Yoruba Kingdom, Egbe Omo Yoruba, Oodua Foundation, Obirin Oodua Agbaye, Yoruba Intelligent Group, and Igbimo Omo Ijebu.
Among others are Paramole Igbimo Agbaagba, Akoni Obirin Oodua, Concerned Omo Yoruba, Oduduwa Awareness Group, Oodua in Diaspora, Afonja Descendants of Apapo Yoruba Nation and Ile Agbara Oodua, and Egbe Idanileko.
The monarch stated, “We met overnight and reached some resolutions which I may not be able to discuss. Most of us have not been able to communicate with Igboho since the Department of State Services raided his house but we heard the news of his arrest late on Monday. We have involved lawyers who are currently battling to stop his extradition.
“What the lawyers told us is that Igboho is a political criminal and there is an extradition treaty between Nigeria and the Benin Republic which does not support the Federal Government’s action. While we expect the law to take its course, most of us want Igboho’s right to be respected.”
Also in a press release on Tuesday confirming Igboho’s arrest, the chief of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, stated he, alongside different Yoruba Patriots, are “currently working to provide assistance for Ighoho to prevent his extradition into Nigeria”.
He additionally stated that “leading lawyers in the Benin Republic are now in charge”.
Akintoye stated, “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.
“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.”