The news milling around is that Sunday Adeyemo popularly called ‘
Sunday Igboho ‘ has been released and flown to Germany. But the Nation can confirm that it is not so and that he’s still in the hands of the Beininoise authorities.
The Nation reports that Igboho was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night.
ProfessorWale Adeniran of Ilana Omo Oodua, an umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, confirmed this in a zoom conversation organized by Heritage Multimedia TV monitored by our correspondent on Tuesday evening.
Adeniran, a pioneer Commissioner of education in Osun State and former Director of the Institute of African Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU), Ile-Ife, debunked the trending news that he has been released.
He said,’’I have just spoken with his lawyer. The lawyer has visited the location where he(Igboho) is being held.
According to Igboho’s lawyer, he was not allowed to see him but they confirmed to him that they are holding him in that location, and were asked to come back tomorrow Wednesday by 8.00 am to see him.
‘I asked him to hope they are not going to play a funny game of secretly extraditing him, the lawyer told me it is not possible.’
‘We filed an application for political asylum for him over a week ago, with that in process, he cannot be legally extradited from the Benin Republic. I am confident about that.’
I’’I handle the application myself with the immigration lawyer and he assured me that since the application has been filed, he cannot be extradited. I think we should rest assured that he will have the opportunity to see him tomorrow.’’.
Adeniran disagrees with those falsely reporting that he has been released.
He said’’ why should people be giving out false information that he has been released which is injurious to this struggle and to the welfare and wellbeing of Igboho?’’
Adeniran disclosed that four International lawyers from Benin Republic, Nigeria, France, and Britain are on the case but when they saw the trending news, they had to call him to confirm.
‘’When the lawyers saw the false information, they relaxed; I had to tell them it is false. So, you can see the damage’’, he added.