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Lawyer: Igboho released by Benin Republic, now in Germany

Lawyer: Igboho released by Benin Republic, now in Germany
October 09
10:55 2023

Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been released from protective custody by Benin Republic.

Yomi Aliu, Igboho’s lawyer, confirmed his release to TheCable.

“Yes, he has been released. He was released yesterday. He is now in Germany,” Aliu said.

Asked to speak on the state of his release, he replied: “I can’t speak about it”.

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In July 2021, Igboho was arrested alongside his wife, Ropo, in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and detained at the request of the Nigerian government.

The Yoruba Nation agitator had fled Nigeria after the Department of State Services (DSS) raided his residence in Ibadan, Oyo state on July 1.

Igboho had planned a “Yoruba nation rally” in Lagos two days before the raid.

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The raid led to the death of two people while 12 of his aides were arrested.

The DSS had alleged that Igboho was stockpiling weapons, and subsequently declared him wanted.

Attempts by the Nigerian government to repatriate him to Nigeria after his arrest were unsuccessful.

His wife was later released by the Benenise authorities.

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Igboho was arraigned at the Court D’Apeal in Cotonou and was detained in a prison facility in the country.

The charges against him bordered on arms smuggling, inciting violence and calling for a secession of the Yoruba from the Nigerian state.

Igboho and his lawyers denied all allegations levelled against him.

However, fresh allegations bordering on illegal entry and criminal association were levelled against him at the Benin Republic court.

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In March 2022, he was released from prison to his medical practitioners under the agreement that he should not leave the medical centre or Cotonou for any reason.

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