Yoruba Elders, under the aegis of the Yoruba Council of Elders, have insisted that Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, should be given the right to defend himself.
The Secretary General of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide, made the disclosure while reacting to the alleged arrest of Igboho yesterday (Monday) night by security operatives in Cotonou, a West African country.
According to the group, Sunday Igboho should be charged to a constituted court of law and granted the right to defend himself.
Dr Olajide however assured that there should be no cause for alarm until we are officially informed that he has been arrested.
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The YCE maintained that the alleged arrest of Igboho cannot in any way affect the Yoruba nation’s agitation.
In the same vein, Professor Emiritus Banji Akintoye, leader of an umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, in a statement issued today has confirmed the arrest of Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba freedom fighter, in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
He said the Yoruba nation, by the grace of God, is a great nation and now is the time to show that strength.
He disclosed that other Yoruba patriots and himself are currently working to provide necessary assistance to Igboho in order to prevent his extradition into Nigeria, noting Benin Republic is a land that respects the rule of law and that they have secured the services of a leading and highly respected lawyer, whom they can confidently rely on.
He expressed optimism that Sunday Igboho will regain his freedom, so as to be able to move and operate as a free person, adding that Igboho has committed no crime.
He said Sunday Igboho joined hands with many of his brethren to take a legally-appropriate step of seeking the intervention of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to protect his people who are being brutalized, maimed and killed in their homeland.