We're working to stop Sunday Igboho's extradition to Nigeria – Akintoye

Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, who heads the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Oodua, said he and others are working to prevent the extradition of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho into Nigeria.

Akintoye made this known in a statement titled, "Ighoho: There's A Strong Possibility That Extradition Request Of Nigerian Government May Be Rejected By Benin Republic."

WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that Igboho was arrested by security forces at an airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic on Monday night while trying to board a flight to Germany.

The renowned historian called on all Yoruba sons and daughters to come out and ensure that their ancestral land is not defeated by invaders.

The statement read in part, "I received last night the troubling information that Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Igboho had been arrested at the Cotonou Airport.

"I and other Yoruba Patriots who are immediately available are now working to provide the assistance necessary to ensure that nobody will be able to do to him anything unlawful or primitive and to prevent him from being extradited into Nigeria which is strongly possible.

"Fortunately, Benin Republic is reliably a land of law where the authorities responsibly obey the law. We have secured the services of a leading and highly respected lawyer whom we can confidently rely on.

"What the situation now calls for is that the Yoruba nation at home and in the diaspora must stand strong, resolved that neither Sunday Igboho nor any other Yoruba person will henceforth be subjected to inhuman or dehumanizing treatment of any kind.

"We Yoruba nation are, by the grace of God, a very strong nation. We must arise now to show that strength.

"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 know that some people are trying to suppress or even eliminate him only because he stood up to defend his kinsmen, women and children who are being massively killed and raped in their ancestral homeland; who are having their assets and means of livelihood destroyed, and who are facing ethnic cleansing and even genocide without having the benefit of protection by the rulers of their country.

"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," Akintoye said.

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