By Sola Akingboye, 20th July 2021
Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, not a few analysts believe his struggles and arrest which is synonymous to that of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, actually signals the beginning of many things to come for the actualisation of what the duo, Igboho and Kanu stand for.
Opinion polls argued that the Buhari led administration might be drawing more global attention to the growing clamour for self rule by various groups in Nigeria, in view of economic hardships and the level of division in the country at the moment.
Recalls that the arrest and trial of Nnamdi Kanu before now, has positively pushed the image of the secessionist leader in the global limelight, bringing to two another major agitator, Sunday Igboho whose arrest on Monday has since attracted global attention and generated sympathy: Beginning of Actualisation of Oodua Republic rather, contrary to any commendation the government of the day who many believes has failed woefully in taming the menace of insurgency, banditry and all forms of criminal activities in the country, particularly under the current administration of Mohammadu Buhari.
Many have queries why same level of intelligence deployed to fight the freedom agitators, with involvements of the Nigerian government’s collaborators were not deployed to witch-hunt notorious sponsors of terrorism in the country.
Igboho was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night.
Several supporters who are close to the embattled agitator confirmed his arrest to The Nation on Tuesday.
One of them said Igboho had a Benin Republic passport and was on his way to Germany before he was arrested on Monday night.
“It would have been difficult for authorities to arrest him outside the country. He had a German passport with 10-years validity
“Forget the insinuations and reports that his location was tracked in Nigeria, it was difficult for intelligent sources to track his location, he has been in an undisclosed location in Benin Republic since about two weeks.”
Operatives of the Department for State Security (DSS) on July 1 raided his Soka, Ibadan residence where two of his men were killed and 13 supporters arrested.
Ighobo escaped the raid and was later declared wanted by the Service. He had gone undergrounds since then.
The Federal Government had alerted Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) formations to be on the watch out for agitator, disclosing Igboho had perfected plans to flee the country.
Omo Yoruba Ronu TV, which airs shows related to Igboho and Yoruba Nation agitation, in a terse post on Tuesday said: “I urge you to stand with your own, who has not committed any crime. Self-determination is not a crime.
“They are still standing with killer herdsmen who have killed over 20,000 Nigerians under Buhari & even asking that everyone should give them land and we budget billions for them.”
An ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri also said: “The reported arrest of Sunday Igboho in Cotonou is unfortunate. He is a hero freedom fighter who defended us.
“We must now repay his good turn and also defend him by gathering resources for his legal defence. Igboho deserves the same commitment from us that Buhari has shown and continues to show to killer herdsmen and bandits.”
Efforts to reach Igboho’s media aide, Koiki proved abortive as at the time of this report.
However, divergent views believes the arrest of Sunday Igboho would not only accord the Oodua Nation’s agitator the undue popularity as the struggle for the soul of Oduduwa nation lasted, but a leeway to project the Oyo state born freedom fighter to the world and to the advantage of the movement for which he was arrested.