Sunday Igboho was apprehended late Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to avoid being apprehended by the country’s secret police.
Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba independence fighter, was apprehended by security forces in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Igboho was apprehended late Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to avoid being apprehended by the country’s secret police.
According to a person familiar with his departure from Nigeria, he had finalised arrangements to flee Nigeria via Cotonou and was on his way to Germany.
However, he was apprehended by security forces in a nearby country.
“Sunday Igboho has been detained in Cotonou,” a source familiar with the event told SaharaReporters. He was apprehended just over an hour ago.
“He was supposed to travel to Germany through Cotonou this night. He wanted to leave Africa through Cotonou. He was arrested by security operatives in Cotonou.
“They are planning to bring him back to Nigeria.”
Remember that Igboho was declared sought by the Department of State Services after its operatives carried out a deadly midnight raid on his home in the Soka neighborhood of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Peter Afunnaya, the DSS Public Relations Officer, had advised Igboho to report to the nearest security.
“Those cheering and eulogizing him may appeal to or advice him to do the needful,” Afunnaya said. “He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law.”
Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the lawyers representing Igboho and others arrested in his House, told reporters he had not confirmed the news of Igboho’s arrest in Cotonou.
“I will contact Yomi Aliu (SAN) to verify the news,” he said.