LAGOS – Following his conditional release from detention and the circumstances surrounding his temporary release, Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho, cannot leave Benin Republic for security reasons, Vanguard has learnt.
A source who spoke to Vanguard in confidence said the Yoruba activist is resting at an undisclosed residence in Cotonou but cannot leave Benin Republic at the moment.
The source, who was privy to Igboho’s release, said the activist is a political prisoner, adding that no charges have yet been filed against him following an investigation by the Beninese government.
He said, “Igboho is doing well and in good spirits. He is resting in a personal apartment in Cotonou. The information that he was released but cannot hold a rally is a lie.
Igboho is a political prisoner, and when a political prisoner is released, there is always a reason for it, and he is not guilty of anything. He has not been charged in Nigeria or in the Republic of Benin.
“They only remanded him to pave the way for their investigation and they have been investigating him for more than seven months without finding anything against him. They have no reason to detain him contrary to their laws. In Benin, you cannot hold someone for more than six months without charges.”
Asked if Igboho will leave in the near future, he said, “It is in his best interest to stay in Benin Republic for now because we don’t trust the Nigerian government.
“It was an internal agreement that he cannot leave the country. It is for security reasons.
Allows activist to seek medical treatment abroad -Gani Adams
Meanwhile, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, yesterday called on the Benin government to allow the activist to get proper medical treatment abroad.
Reacting to the celebrated reports of Igboho’s “release” from Benin Republic Prison, Adams in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, said the long period of detention had taken a heavy toll on the health of the activist and insisted that Igboho should be allowed to seek medical treatment from his doctor in Germany.
The Yoruba Generalissimo said, “It is a welcome development that my brother, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, Igboho has been released, however, the condition attached to his temporary freedom is not adequate.
“Considering his poor health and other circumstances affecting his personality, Igboho should be allowed to visit his doctor in Germany.
“It is his family doctor who has his medical history and records.
It is his doctor who knows him inside and out. It’s his doctor who can suggest permanent solutions to his personal health problems.
“Therefore, the idea of releasing the activist and continuing to unjustifiably prevent him from seeking treatment in the Republic of Benin is insufficient,” he said.
“This is like giving someone something with your right hand and at the same time collecting the same thing with your left hand. To me, that’s an absurdity.
“At the same time, it’s a victory we’re all happy about, but a lot needs to be done to make it clear that Igboho is not a criminal.
“He is an activist fighting for the liberation of the Yoruba race. But it must also be said that he is not alone. Those of us who believed in the struggle are firmly behind him, and I am sure that justice will soon prevail and Igboho will regain his freedom from the Beninese government.”