Security agents arrest Sunday Igboho at Cotonou airport, Benin Republic

Sunday Igboho
Sunday Igboho

Sunday Adeyemo, the Yoruba nation agitator, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

As gathered, he was arrested by security agents at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night, and he is expected be repatriated to Nigeria today.

Benin Republic, one of Nigeria’s closest neighbouring countries in the West-African sub region.

His arrest came three weeks after the Department of State Services (DSS) declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, but which he denied.

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Information had it that, Igboho had secretly fled Nigeria after he was declared wanted by the DSS, and he had made plans to escape to Germany en route Benin Republic, but the security agents on his trail were able to apprehend him before he made real his plan.

Recalled that the DSS operatives had raided the Ibadan residence of Igboho in the Soka area, on July 1, 2021, after which at least, 12 of his aides were arrested and another two said to have engaged them in a gun duel killed.

It was after the raid, when Ighoho’s whereabouts could not be ascertained that the DSS declared him wanted and the Federal Government of Nigeria placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop him from leaving the country.

Igboho’s lead counsel, Yomi Aliyu (SAN), has not spoken on his client’s arrest.

Recalled the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, at a briefing on July 1, 2021, had promised that Igboho would be arrested, while he advised him to turn himself in to the nearest security.

In his words, Afunanya said, “Igboho may run as far as he can. He may hide as long as he wants…But this will be the end of his shenanigans.”