Mr Yomi Aliyu, lawyer to the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho said his client would have been flown into Nigeria in the night of Monday, July 19, by a waiting helicopter, but the plan was foiled by the intervention of some Yoruba people at the airport.
He disclosed that Yoruba people residing in Cotonou, Republic of Benin also thronged a Cotonou court, Paequet, where it was believed that extradition hearing of Igboho was to hold yesterday, Wednesday, July 21, chanting solidarity songs and demanding the release of Sunday Igboho.
According to him, Igboho had already boarded a Germany-bound plane in company of his wife and brother, before somebody fingered him out that he is a wanted person and brought down, but the wife and brother started shouting at the airport, which attracted some other Yoruba indigenes and they came to their rescue.
Reacting to the development, Chief Gani Adams, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, urged the Federal Government not to trivialise issues of agitations in the country.
He acknowledged that the Federal Government had trampled upon Igboho’s rights, and charged government to be fair in handling his case and that of other agitators.
He stated that the call for a Yoruba nation came to the front burner in Nigeria’s political history because of growing injustice, nepotism, corruption and maladministration in the various sectors of the country and these issues need to be addressed.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland expressed worry over government’s dissipation of so much energy in clamping down on agitators of self-determination, whereas the country would have been a lot better for the Nigerian citizens, if such energy had been utilized in dealing with a variety of problems bedevilling it in all areas, including economic, socio-political challenges, as well as the rising spate of insecurity.