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Sunday Igboho vows to return to Nigeria, be paid N29B by FG

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Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, has assured his followers that he is coming home.

Speaking with the leader of the Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye and his Deputy, Prof Wale Adeniran, Igboho said he will return home soon and will ensure that the Nigerian Government pays him N20 billion as compensation.

He dismissed insinuations that he was sick.

He also hinted on continuing the struggle for the Yoruba Nation.

Igboho said: “Yoruba struggle will remain, and it will be stronger. Yorubas are suffering and smiling. They are killing, kidnapping and doing all sorts in Yorubaland and we are not talking.

“I’m coming back home soon. I’m a true son of the soil. One cannot be scared of his father’s home. Nothing will happen and no one will be scared of anyone.

“All that I’ve asked the Federal Government they are yet to answer, and the court has ruled in my favour. Asides from the judgement in Benin Republic, I’m coming to follow up with my judgement in Nigeria. Federal Government must pay my money. It is 20bn.

“When I get back to my base in Ibadan, I will thank everyone specially again. You will see me well. Dear Yorubas, don’t be scared, Igboho is back.”

Igboho was locked up in jail in Benin Republic after he was arrested at a Cotonou airport while travelling to Germany, after he was declared wanted by the Department of State Services, DSS.

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Benin Republic release Sunday Igboho from detention

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The Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Ighoho, has been released by the Government of Republic of Benin.

The umbrella body of Yoruba Self-determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, announced this in a statement on Monday.

The statement issued by Ilana Omo Oodua’s spokesperson, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, was titled, ‘Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo Ighoho released to Yoruba leader, Banji Akintoye; French language expert, Adeniran by the Benin Republic Government’.

Details of his release were sketchy as of the time of filing this report.

The statement read, “Yoruba Nation Activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Ighoho, has been released by the Government of Republic of Benin.

“The Activist was released on Monday to a Yoruba Leader and Leader of the Umbrella body of Yoruba Self-determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Professor Banji Akintoye and a French Language Expert/ Deputy Alana of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Professor Wale Adeniran.

“Akintoye described the release of Ighoho as a triumph of truth over darkness in Yorubaland.”

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Sunday Igboho’s lawyer resign

Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the lawyers of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho has resigned from his position.

Olajengbesi noted that he said in the beginning, that the scope of his work would only be within the purview of his professional duty as a lawyer to Mr Igboho and his aides.

He also disclosed that while he is a strong believer in constitutional democracy, civil liberty and human rights which includes the right to self-determination, he is not a Yoruba nation agitator nor a member of any like organization.

The statement read;

This is to officially announce my resignation as counsel involved further in any matter relating to Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho and the Yoruba Nation Agitators.

As a firm, we are satisfied with our little best in contributing to providing legal solutions and representations to Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) and associated Yoruba Nation Agitators as far as ensuring the protection and enforcement of their rights in this matter. We were able to secure the release of twelve (12) persons brutally and unlawfully arrested by the reckless State Security Service (SSS), and also secured the release of an innocent herbalist equally unlawfully arrested and detained by the SSS. We have two persons with on-going terrorism trials at the Federal High Court and our firm will dutifully continue and close the trial having commenced their matter.

While thanking everyone, particularly Chief Yomi Aliyu SAN for the opportunity, and freehand service, Dr. OLASUPO Ojo for his fair leadership and Chief Femi Falana for allowing his industry to be tapped and for the moral support, I most respectfully wish to now step aside.

I have stated ab initio that the scope of my work will only be within the purview of my professional duty as a lawyer to Sunday Igboho and his aides . I am a strong believer in constitutional democracy, civil liberty and human rights which includes the right to self-determination but I am not a Yoruba nation agitator nor a member of any like organization. My reaction to Prof. Akintoye was not to undermine the Yoruba struggle but is based off my personal convictions which I am entitled to. I do hope my friends in the struggle will allow me enjoy the benefit of my right to such a choice as a person of thought and conscience.

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Sunday Igboho did not commit any offence– Afenifere disagrees with begging Buhari

Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation says there’s no basis to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to release him.

Afenifere said this while reacting to Igbo elders’ recent visit to the president at the State House to request the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

Kanu, who was re-arrested four years after jumping bail is currently facing charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, improper importation of goods, among others.

The Igbo leader under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats were led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi.

Reacting to the elders’ request, Buhari in a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said the request runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers between the executive and judiciary.

However, Afenifere argued that Igboho ‘did not commit any offence’ to warrant the group to beg the president to release the Yoruba Nation agitator.

General-Secretary of the group, Sola Ebiseni, “We do not have to beg the President to release Sunday Igboho. Sunday Igboho did not commit any offence whatsoever; that’s our position. Those who went to invade his house were terrorists in Nigerian security uniform and they have no right whatsoever and that has been tested in a court of competent jurisdiction. Igboho has been absolved and the government was visited with N20bn worth of damages.

“There is no basis for the Yoruba people to beg the Federal Government to release Sunday Igboho.

“In spite of the impunity of the Buhari government, we insist that Nigeria shall not be governed except by the rule of law.

“The deep night invasion of Sunday Igboho’s house with the aim of killing him which resulted in killing of two of his companions and wanton destruction of his property is already adjudged by a court of competent jurisdiction as a most barbaric act of state terrorism with the sum of N20bn in damages.”

The group also maintained that there was no charge of criminal conduct against Igboho in any court.

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Sunday Igboho alleges politicians pressuring him to beg presidency

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Sunday Adeyemo, Yoruba Nation agitator, also known as Sunday Igboho has alleged that some politicians are pressurizing him to beg the Presidency.

Igboho said some politicians have been “pressurizing” him and his wife to sign documents they could use to beg the presidency on his behalf.

Speaking through his counsel, Yomi Alliyu, the agitator said any document claiming he authorized any politician was fake.

In a statement signed by Alliyu, Igboho said he was being pressured by politicians who were unconcerned about his incarceration in Benin Republic.

The statement reads: “We have been reliably informed that some politicians are pressuring our client and his wife to give them endorsement to use at the presidency to justify their new found love and/or defection to the All Progressives Congress and/or curry affection from those in power.

“Let the whole world be aware, especially the presidency, that Sunday Adeyemo is totally apolitical with no special love or hatred for any political party as he has friends in all.

“He, however, respects the six elected governors of the south-west states as authentic representatives of his Yoruba race. Any document purportedly signed by Igboho or his wife endorsing, empowering or making anybody his mouthpiece other than his lead counsel should be disregarded and taken as fake.

“It is disheartening that a discredited politician with disreputable pedigree in Yoruba race and another retired security officer are pressurising our client and his wife to give them endorsements to Yoruba youths and the presidency without considering his unlawful incarceration in the Republic of Benin and health issues.”

Igboho is locked up in Benin Republic following his arrest recently.

The agitator was arrested at an airport in Cotonou while attempting to travel to Germany.

He had fled Nigeria after the Department of State Services, DSS, declared him wanted.

Igboho was declared wanted after weapons were discovered in his Ibadan residence by security operatives.

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Sunday Igboho diagnosed with likely kidney problem in Beninise prison — Lawyer


Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, has been reportedly diagnosed with possible kidney or lungs illness.

One of his lawyers, Yomi Aliyyu, made this known in an interview with BBC Yoruba, noting that the rights activist developed the illness in Benin Republic prison custody.

According to him, the agitator has also been critically ill and rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Igboho is currently in a detention facility in Benin Republic.

The Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, home of the pro-Yoruba self-determination activist was invaded by men from DSS about 1:30am on July 1, 2021, leading to the arrest of 12 of his aides, while Igboho managed to escape arrest.

Igboho was later arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on July 16, 2021, with his wife, while travelling to Germany and has since then been in detention.

The lawyer raised an alarm that Igboho needed urgent medical attention, saying, “Igboho was not diagnosed with this sickness before he was arrested in Cotonou. It was so critical that they had to rush him to the hospital

“I can’t tell if he has been returned to the prison from the hospital but what I know is, he’s battling ill health and it seems his kidney and lungs are already being affected.

“Even though I cannot tell which part of his body the sickness has really affected, I know it has to do with his internal organs.”

Sources in the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, confirmed the development.

“Yes, he is ill and his kidney appears affected. We are not very sure yet. Another test result is expected for confirmation. We are working on that and I can assure you that he is in safe hands,” one of the sources said.

When contacted, the spokesperson for Ilana Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, said, “Expect our reaction soon. But the government should be warned that nothing must happen to Igboho.”

Following the raid, Igboho sued the Federal Government and demanded ₦500 million as special damages for the damage done to his house and his car and another N500 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages.

The court had awarded N20 billion against DSS for the “illegal” invasion of Igboo’s home in Ibadan on July 1.

Igboho also sought an order of the court directing the respondents to return all the items seized from the house.

He listed the items to include, N2 million cash, one thousand Euros, travel documents including international passports belonging to him and his family members, gold jewelry and wristwatches, two mobile phones, and other items yet unknown but which were allegedly carted away by the SSS.

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Sunday Igboho: I hate to be your friend and brother— Reno Omokri slams Fani-Kayode

Reno Omokri has slammed the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, for withdrawing support for the Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho and his cause.

Barely six months ago Fani-Kayode had publicly declared support for Yoruba nation and told Sunday Igboho he was behind him, not until when the latter was hunted down and arrested in Benin Republic.

FELLOW PRESS reported that the former minister decamped to the rulling All Progrosive Congress and since then his notion and perspective in supporting the Yoruba soverign nation have changed.

Reno Omokri accused Fani-Kayode for not felicitating with Sunday Igboho on his birthday, whilst he called him his brother and friend 6 months ago.

Taken to Social media, the activist Omokri wrote, “Dear Femi Fani-Kayode,  6 months ago, you called Sunday Adeyemo, AKA Igboho “my brother”. You also called his cause just, and said he is the type of leader the Yoruba need. Sunday Adeyemo responded by saying that he trusted you and had given you the right hand of fellowship.

“Sadly, it seems you have forgotten your brother so soon. Today is his birthday. No word from you. Nothing. Just silence. Imagine how your ‘brother’ will feel in that cold Celo your new friend, Buhari, has made the government of Benin Republic put him.

“I also recall that your other friend and brother, Nnamdi Kanu, marked his birthday two weeks ago, on September 25, 2021. And the same thing happened. A very loud silence.  I will very much hate to be your “friend and brother”

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Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho: Why Biafra, Yoruba nation won’t work – Abdulsalami Abubakar


Former military leader, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has disclosed why those agitating for succession will not succeed.

Abubakar said the inter-ethnic relationships and marriages among Nigerians would make it impossible for succession to succeed.

He spoke at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida(IBB) Legacy Dialogue 2021, on Thursday.

The former Nigerian ruler urged Nigerians to embrace their diversity and work towards maintaining unity.

“Even if you break Nigeria now, what are you going to do? When everybody, every Nigerian, anywhere you go in the village, you will find a Hausa man, a Yoruba man, an Igbo man, Itsekiri and so on and so forth.

“So, when you say you divide, where do you draw the line with the inter-marriages and so on and so forth? It is going to be difficult.

“He advised Nigerians that all hands should be on deck to address the menace, calling on Nigerians to expose perpetrators of insecurity.

“So, let us expose them to the authorities and let us put our hands on deck to tackle the security challenges.”

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, have been at the forefront agitating for succession lately.

While Kanu is pushing for the actualization of Biafra, Igboho agitated for Yoruba nation.

However, both agitators are currently in the custody of security agents in Nigeria and Benin Republic.

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Sunday Igboho surrendered himself, can’t be arrested – Lawyer

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Pelumi Olajengbesi, lawyer of Oduduwa Republic agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has disclosed how his client was arrested.

Olajengbesi disclosed that Igboho was not arrested; he surrendered himself to security agents.

The lawyer said the freedom fighter surrendered himself because he believes in justice for his people.

“Truly he was arrested and I have confirmed that. We are making efforts to ensure that he is fine. You know the Department of State Services declared him wanted.

“As a matter of fact, let me tell you now. That Sunday Igboho was arrested simply because he wanted to make himself available to the government. If not, Sunday Igboho is not someone who can be arrested that way. But because he believes that the journey to justice for the Yoruba people and for the Nigerian state to be able to live in peace may be needed for him to be available, that was why,” he told newsmen on Tuesday.

Igboho was arrested by security operatives in an airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic, while trying to flee to Germany.

Efforts are said to be ongoing towards repatriating him to Nigeria.

The Department of State Services, DSS, had recently declared Igboho wanted, after his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was invaded.

Some of his aides were killed while others were arrested. The secret police also claimed to have recovered guns and charms from Igboho’s residence.

However, the freedom fighter had debunked DSS claims on weapons.

He maintained that he protected himself with traditional powers and not with weapons.