Benin Republic Extends Yoruba Separatist Leader’s Detention to August

Authorities in the Republic of Benin have extended the detention of Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho by six months.

This development comes on the heels of a contrary announcement by Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, indicating that Igboho would soon be released from detention.

Olajengbesi, over the weekend, posted on his official Facebook page and said; “Chief Sunday Igboho will be out very soon and there will be massive jubilation across the entire Yoruba land.

“He is no doubt a courageous man. This is very authoritative just that our Yoruba leaders should stop being selfish and allow good to prevail.”

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Yoruba Separatist Leader Sunday Adeyemo

However, on Sunday night, Chief Yomi Aliyu (SAN), counsel for Igboho, revealed that the Benin Republic Government had extended Igboho’s detention by six months without any hearing.

He said: “The government of the Republic of Benin has renewed the incarceration of Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa for another six months even though there is no criminal charge in their file in Cotonou and without extradition request from Nigeria.”

The controversial separatist leader has been in detention in Benin Republic after he was arrested by security operatives at the Cotonou Airport in July 2021.

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