Igboho ‘not yet released from custody’- YNGD

By Our Correspondent

Contrary to widespread rumour going round in some social media platforms, Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader better known as Sunday Igboho, has not been released from custody in Benin Republic.

Wale Adeniran, one of the conveners of Ilana Omo Oodua International, a Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, confirmed this on Tuesday evening.

Igboho was said to have been arrested by security operatives in Benin Republic on Monday, while on his way to Germany, and that there were plans to repatriate him to Nigeria.

But there were reports on Tuesday afternoon that he had been released from custody.

Adeniran, who spoke during a Zoom meeting with some other members of the Ilana Omo Oodua group on Tuesday, said efforts were ongoing to ensure the youth leader’s release.

Unconfirmed reports had further indicated that the Benin Republic government was not cooperating with Nigeria on repatriation proceedings, and had released Igboho.

But in a release by Yoruba Nation Global Directorate, YNGB, said the news of the release was fake.

"Contrary to our earlier report that our brother, Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho was released by his Beninese lawyers.  It has since reached the Yoruba Nation Global Directorate that our source, though a respectable member of Yoruba society, got it wrong.

The Directorate hereby offers an unreserved apology to our compatriots for the misinformation.  

We respectfully ask our people to know our motive was contrary to the innuendos being insinuated.  We feel as a responsible people the need to calm the nerves generated by our brother's arrest thus we made a mistake on relying on a information which has now turned out to be false.

We promise to be honest with our people no matter what.  We got the news wrong on this occasion and we kindly ask that you forgive us".

Also speaking on Tuesday evening, Jare Ajayi, national publicity secretary of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, said there is no confirmation that Igboho has been released from police custody in Benin Republic.

Also Ajayi in a conversation, said Igboho is still in custody.

“There is no confirmation that Igboho has been released from custody,” he said.

Ajayi also said Afenifere is still studying the situation before it will make a statement on details of Igboho’s arrest.

“Security agencies appear to be more active in hunting those who are peacefully agitating for the rights and better deals for their people than they appear to be in dealing with bandits and terrorists who have deprived thousands of innocent Nigerians of their lives and properties,” the Afenifere spokesman said.

“If half of the energy deployed to apprehend Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho had been deployed to the menace of terrorists and bandits who kill, rape, rob and kidnap people, we would not have been in the unfortunate security mess that we are presently.

“It is hoped that government will direct more attention to addressing issues that gave birth to ethnic agitations. The earlier this is done, the better.”

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