Sunday Igboho’s Release: Yoruba Nation Agitator Returns to the Global Stage

A New Chapter Begins

After two years of legal battles and diplomatic negotiations, Yoruba Nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has secured his release from protective custody in the Benin Republic. This development has sent ripples through the political and social landscapes, both in Nigeria and abroad.

Igboho’s journey began with his arrest in July 2021 at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic, while en route to Germany. This followed a raid on his residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, by the Department of State Services (DSS). The raid resulted in the unfortunate death of two individuals and the arrest of twelve of Igboho’s aides. The DSS had accused him of stockpiling weapons and subsequently declared him wanted.

The Nigerian government’s attempts to repatriate him were unsuccessful, leading to a prolonged legal tussle in the Benin Republic. However, in a recent interview with the Nigerian Tribune from Cotonou, Igboho confirmed, “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.”

Throughout his ordeal, Igboho received widespread support from various quarters. He expressed his gratitude to several prominent figures, including President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Banji Akintoye, and Pa Ayo Adebanjo. He also acknowledged the roles played by various Yoruba traditional rulers, religious leaders, and the media.

Furthermore, Igboho’s lawyer, Yomi Aliu, confirmed his release and subsequent move to Germany. The exact timeline of his return to Nigeria remains uncertain, but his release marks a significant milestone in his journey.

The Yoruba Nation agitator’s release has reignited discussions about self-determination, regional autonomy, and the broader political dynamics in Nigeria. As the country navigates these complex issues, the return of figures like Igboho will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the discourse.

While the future remains uncertain, one thing is clear: Sunday Igboho’s story is far from over, and his next steps will be closely watched by supporters, detractors, and observers alike.

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