Igboho released on conditions, remains in Benin Republic

“Praises should be given to two prominent Yoruba personalities — Prof Wole Soyinka and Prof Akintoye for this turnaround in our client’s matter,” one lawyer said.
Sunday Igboho
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Embattled Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, will remain in the Benin Republic despite being released from detention.

WuzupNigeria reported that Igboho was freed from detention in the neighbouring West African country on Monday, eight months after his arrest at the airport of Benin Republic en route Germany on July 19.

But while the news of his release from detention appeared as victory to his supporters, the activist can't return home.

This is due to at least two release conditions, according to The PUNCH, quoting some sources.

“The conditions are not too tough. He won’t hold any rally and can’t leave Cotonou,” one of the lawyers said.

Also, Counsel for the activist, Chief Yomi Aliyyu, SAN, said two of the condition were that Igboho should not leave the medical centre or Cotonou.

He said, “I am to inform all the followers of Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa that he has been released from prison to his medical practitioners under the agreement that he should neither leave the medical centre nor Cotonou for any reason.

“Praises should be given to two prominent Yoruba personalities — Prof Wole Soyinka and Prof Akintoye for this turnaround in our client’s matter.”

Aliyyu had on Thursday announced that Igboho had begun fresh negotiation with the Benin Republic government over his health status.

While it is unknown when Igboho will be allowed to return home, reports suggest that the 49-year-old activist might not return to Nigeria till May 2023 after the expiration of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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