The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, has sent a delegation to Cotonou, Benin Republic over the court case involving Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho.
A statement by the first-class monarch’s Director of Media and Publicity, Adeola Oloko, did not disclose the identity of members of the delegation. He, however, said the delegation was sent to observe the proceedings of the court case involving Sunday Igboho.
The statement quoted Oba Adetunji as saying this at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace on Sunday while exchanging views with some leaders of thought comprising the leadership of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes led by President General, Prince Yemisi Adeaga, first vice President General, Dr Tirimisiyu Oladimeji; Ekefa Olubadan, Senior Chief Lekan Alabi; Ajia Olubadan, Chief Wasiu Aderoju Alaadorin; Mogaji Makusota, Prof. Oluwasegun Adekunle and Personal Assistant to Olubadan, Mr Adeola Oloko.
Olubadan said this would allay the fears of several people, including protesters who besieged his palace that he was folding his arms over the travails of Sunday Igboho and his co-travellers.
“Sunday Igboho lives in Ibadan, got married in Ibadan, reared children in Ibadan, built houses in Ibadan and as such he has the rights to be protected by Ibadan Traditional Institution within the ambit of the law just like any human being in Ibadan,” the statement added.
The first-class monarch also stated that he was in constant touch with Yoruba prominent royal fathers, including Igboho royal crowns.
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He also noted that he would not allow the “repeat performance of Yoruba-Fulani coalition of 1814”.
“Students of Nigeria history may wish to be reminded that when some people during the period under reference chose to engage in territorial expansion to the sea, it took the Ibadan army under Balogun Oderinlo to repel the attack and stop the incursion near Osogbo,” he said.
The Beninese court adjourned Igboho’s case till Monday (tomorrow) after his five lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.
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The Beninese authorities have, however, released Ropo, the agitator’s wife, who was arrested with the 48-year-old activist on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany.
On his part, Igboho was returned to police custody.
The lawyers had said that during the hearing, prosecutors claimed Igboho was on a watchlist for alleged trafficking in arms, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance and causing disunity in Nigeria.
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Buhari Government Gathering Evidence To Nail Igboho At Trial In Benin Republic Court
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Government and security agencies have been assembling critical evidence for the trial of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho in court on Monday.
Igboho has been in detention since Monday night when security operatives in Benin Republic arrested him alongside his wife.
In a report by Vanguard, among the critical pieces of evidence are dozens of ‘exclusive’ videos where Igboho allegedly issued inciting statements that the Nigerian government may use in filing treasonable and felony charges against the agitator.
It was gathered that the video clips would be used by some security and intelligence agencies in prosecuting Igboho and ensuring he is indicted in court.
A top-ranking operative of an intelligence agency had said the video clips will suffice as evidence in nailing Igboho who is standing trial on Monday before a law court.
However, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami is yet to disclose the Ministry’s strategies towards the prosecution of Igboho.
PRNigeria quoted the spokesperson to Justice Minister, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu as saying, “It is a legal, judicial and the discretionary issue over which the Attorney General considers the public interest and the interest of justice to decide. The Attorney General of the Federation is considering and I believe is not bound by time limitations in exercising that discretion and considering the beneficial approach.”
Some of the video proofs are said to be ‘threats’ issued by the agitator to harm Yoruba leaders for not supporting clamourings for the Oduduwa Republic and over elections in Nigeria.
Another video to be used as evidence is one showing Igboho mocking the death of Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s son and praying to God to kill wives and children of leaders that do not support the Yoruba Nation.
In another video, Igboho dared soldiers, police, Department of State Services’ (DSS) operatives when they attempted to arrest him as he removed his shirt on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
His followers were also shown interrogating a man they claimed they captured as a DSS officer at Osogbo Yoruba Rally.
Another video shows Igboho directing his followers to forcefully open borders for smugglers with a follow-up video showing his militias invading Idiroko border and snatching guns from Nigeria Customs Service officers.
He had also appeared in another video threatening to fight security personnel, saying “if 1,000 policemen invade my house, hardly will 100 return.”
There is also a video of a live Facebook broadcast by one ‘Lady K’ when DSS stormed Igboho’s residence. The lady could be heard calling on Yoruba Odua Warriors to come to their rescue and attack the security operatives from the back.”