In the first week of August, former President Olusegun Obasanjo traveled to Benin Republic in an attempt to mediate in the ongoing prosecution of Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Igboho.
Top diplomatic sources told Ng Times that the former president flew to Zanzibar, a Tanzanian island, on August 1 and then redirected to the Francophone country.
He was claimed to have gone to Benin Republic to express his condolences to Nicephore Soglo, who had lately lost his wife, Roseline Soglo. Roseline died in Cotonou on July 25th at the age of 87.
From 1991 to 1996, Soglo served as President of the Benin Republic.
“On August 1, former President Olusegun Obasanjo traveled to Zanzibar. He redirected to Benin Republic, possibly to hide his trip,” one of the sources speculated.
He was supposed to express his condolences to former President Soglo, who had lately lost his wife.”
“He also met with Patrice Talon,” a source familiar with Obasanjo’s travel stated. The meeting’s goal was to find a safe landing spot for Sunday Igboho. He’s pleading with the Beninese government to grant the separatist leader shelter rather than deport him to Nigeria.
Following his arraignment by the country’s authorities, SaharaReporters reported two weeks ago that Igboho was awaiting his destiny at the Cour De’Appel De Cotonou, Benin Republic.
According to Ng Times, the activist does not want to be extradited to Nigeria.
Ng Times previously reported that Igboho was apprehended by Benin Republic authorities at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou roughly four weeks ago while attempting to fly from the country to Germany.
The activist’s home in Ibadan, Oyo state, was raided by the Department of State Services (DSS) on July 1.
Two days prior to the raid, Igboho had organized a “Yoruba Nation Rally” in Lagos.
The DSS invaded the house, murdering two persons and detaining 12 others, but Igboho managed to flee.
The agency said Igboho was stockpiling weapons and issued a warrant for his arrest.