Yoruba Nation agitator and activist, Mr Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, REPORT AFRIQUE has learnt.
He was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night, according to a top source familiar with the matter.
Igboho was arrested by the security forces in Benin Republic about three weeks after the Department of State Services declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied.
Sources have revealed that Igboho will be repatriated to Nigeria on Tuesday (today) from Benin Republic, one of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries in the West African sub region.
“He was arrested in Cotonou while he tried to travel out on Monday night. His destination was Germany. The security forces in Benin Republic should repatriate him to Nigeria on Tuesday,” the source said.
The Nigerian secret police had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides and killed two of them in a gun duel.
The Federal Government of Nigeria had placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop Igboho from leaving the country.
When contacted, a member of Igboho’s legal team, Pelumi Olajengbesi, said he would speak with the lead counsel, Yomi Aliyu (SAN), and revert later.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, did not respond to a text message seeking confirmation on the matter.
Afunanya, at a briefing on July 1, 2021, had vowed that “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.”
Igboho’s arrrest came weeks after Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was arrested in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria by the Nigerian security service.
Kanu was agitating for the secession of the eastern part of Nigeria which majorly dominated by the Igbo tribe.