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Protest for Sunday Igboho’s Release Rocks Ibadan


Yoruba Nation agitators in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State staged a protest against the arrest of activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho in Benin Republic.

Igboho was arrested with his wife by Interpol in the West African country on Monday night while trying to fly to Germany.

There have been calls for Igboho’s release while the Nigerian government is working to extradite the activist to the country.

The freedom fighter had been declared Wanted by the Department of State Services after his residence was raided on July 1.

The secret police said Igboho was stockpiling arms for violent insurrection against Nigeria, an allegation the activist has since denied.

Many Yoruba Nation agitators and sympathisers on Wednesday trooped out in Ibadan to demand for his release.

Spokesperson to the activist, Olayomi Koiki, had earlier in a statement called on his supporters to converge on his Soka residence to stage a protest.

Koiki said; “Emergency, emergency, emergency; please, we beg all agitators to converge at the Chief Sunday Igboho’s House for a peaceful demonstration to show the world the kind of person he is as one of the conditions given for his release.

“Please, let’s all be at his house in Soka, Ibadan, before 12pm today. Thanks and God bless. Yoruba Nation now now now.”

Some youths and agitators took to the streets of Ibadan to protest for the activist’s release.

The protesters, who chanted solidarity songs, carried placards with different inscriptions in the Soka area of the city.

Also, Some Yoruba people residing in Cotonou thronged the nation’s court where it is believed that extradition hearing of Igboho will be held.

In a video on the Twitter handle of Koiki, the Yoruba in Cotonou were seen singing solidarity song and demanding freedom for Igboho.

They said they have confidence in the Benin Republic justice system, expressing optimism that Igboho will be freed.