Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, has dispatched a delegation to Cotonou, Benin Republic, to address the court case involving Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
The name of members of the delegation was not revealed in a statement by Adeola Oloko, the first-class monarch’s Director of Media and Publicity.
He did say, however, that the group was assigned to witness the court proceedings in the Sunday Igboho case.
The statement quoted Oba Adetunji as saying this at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace on Sunday while exchanging views with some leaders of thought comprising the leadership of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes led by President General, Prince Yemisi Adeaga, first vice President General, Dr Tirimisiyu Oladimeji; Ekefa Olubadan, Senior Chief Lekan Alabi; Ajia Olubadan, Chief Wasiu Aderoju Alaadorin; Mogaji Makusota, Prof. Oluwasegun Adekunle and Personal Assistant to Olubadan, Mr Adeola Oloko.
Olubadan claimed that this would satisfy the suspicions of various individuals, including demonstrators who invaded his palace, that he was ignoring Sunday Igboho and his companions’ tribulations.
“Sunday Igboho lives in Ibadan, got married in Ibadan, reared children in Ibadan, built houses in Ibadan and as such he has the rights to be protected by Ibadan Traditional Institution within the ambit of the law just like any human being in Ibadan,” the statement added.
The first-class monarch also claimed to be in daily contact with major Yoruba royal fathers, including Igboho royal crowns.
He also noted that he would not allow the “repeat performance of Yoruba-Fulani coalition of 1814”.
“Students of Nigeria history may wish to be reminded that when some people during the period under reference chose to engage in territorial expansion to the sea, it took the Ibadan army under Balogun Oderinlo to repel the attack and stop the incursion near Osogbo,” he said.
After his five lawyers failed to persuade the prosecutor that he had no case to answer, the Beninese court deferred Igboho’s case until Monday (tomorrow).
Ropo, the agitator’s wife, was arrested with the 48-year-old activist on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, on their route to Germany by the International Criminal Police Organization.
Igboho, for his part, was returned to police custody.
During the court, prosecutors claimed Igboho was on a watchlist for alleged arms trafficking, encouraging violence that might cause societal unrest, and fostering divisiveness in Nigeria, according to the lawyers.