Igboho Will Remain In Benin Republic Despite His Release From Jail
Igboho was released due to health concerns.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Sunday Adeyemo, commonly known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation activist, regained his release on Monday, March 7, 2022, after serving over eight months in a Benin Republic jail.
Despite his release yesterday, Igboho would be unable to leave the nation since the Beninoise government has restricted his travel inside the francophone country.
Igboho, who was detained at a Cotonou airport in July 2021 on his route to Germany, was freed in March 2022 on medical grounds.
Igboho was released to Prof Banji Akintoye and Prof Wale Adeniran, according to a statement signed by Maxwell Adeleye, the secretary of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide.
Akintoye praised Ighoho’s release as a “triumph of truth over evil in Yoruba nation” in the statement.
However, in confirming his release, Igboho’s primary attorney, Olusegun Falola, stated that the political agitator will remain in Benin Republic despite his release.
Falola said, “Sunday Adeyemo will remain in Benin Republic for now. He will remain in Benin Republic till the political atmosphere is calm because he is a political prisoner.
“Though Igboho has been released from custody, he will not be permitted to leave Benin Republic for now. He will be moving around with security agents till the time is ripe for him to leave.”
However, Yomi Aliyu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who represents Igboho, told TheNation that his client has not been discharged.
Aliyu stated that Igboho was merely freed to care for his health.
The lawyer said, “Igboho has not been released; he was only released to be taken to the hospital to attend to his ill health.
“The last time we spoke, I told you that we were making arrangements to take him to the hospital over his ill health. So, he was released based on health grounds.
“I am to inform you that Chief Sunday Adeyemo has been released from prison to his medical practitioners under the agreement that he should not leave the medical centre or Cotonou for any reason.
Prof Wole Soyinka and Prof Akintoye, according to Aliyu, should be recognized for their roles in the liberation of Igboho.
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