Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation activist, was released from prison in Benin Republic yesterday. He thanked Yoruba leaders and some traditional rulers, such as former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Professor Banji Akintoye, Nobel Prize winner Professor Wole Soyinka, and others, for working hard to get him out of prison.
The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) caught Igboho on his way to Germany on July 19, 2021, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
His exit from Nigeria happened after the Department of State Services searched his home in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, and found weapons they thought he was hiding.
The activist for the Yoruba Nation announced his release in a post on his Instagram account. He thanked the Yoruba leaders and traditional rulers for helping to get him free.
Igboho said in a statement called “My Release in Benin Republic,” “My sincere thanks go to God almighty, the master of the universe, for making this day.” To all the Yoruba sons and daughters around the world, I want to say thank you for their love and support before and after my mother died. She is still at the mortuary waiting for me to come give her the proper burial she deserves.
“I want to thank President Talon of the Benin Republic and everyone in his cabinet in particular.” I want to thank my brave father, Professor Banji Akintoye, and Professor Wole Soyinka for all the help they gave me during the fight.
You told me you would be there for me during my trouble in Benin Republic, and you kept your word.
In spite of the fact that only God gives freedom, I will never forget to thank former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Baba Ayo Adebanjo for their parts. Let me take this chance to thank all the religious leaders, pastors, Muslim preachers, and regular people who pray for us day and night.
“Thank you so much for your love and support, our royal fathers, Obas, and Chiefs in Yoruba land.” We need more of your help, though, to free our lands from slavery. Yoruba land is ours.
The Yoruba leader said, “I am now free to return to Nigeria and visit any country in the world.” This was a hint that he was going to go back to Nigeria. I have met all the formal requirements for my bail from a few years ago, and I will be going home to Nigeria, my home country, any minute now.
“I can say for sure that I’m free to go back to Nigeria now.” There is no longer any judicial trouble. Even though I’ve lived in Cotonou for a while, I can say for sure that I now have the freedom to leave immediately for Nigeria.
It proved that FG had no evidence against him—Aliyu, lawyer
One of Igboho’s lawyers, Yomi Aliyu, SAN, confirmed that he was free by saying, “I can confirm that he has left Benin Republic.”
“I did nothing besides filing the case that got N200.5 billion.” The case showed that the Nigerian government had no reason to charge him, so he was released from jail and put under house arrest.