Free Sunday Igboho To Continue His Journey – Soyinka To Benin Republic

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Popular Nigerian Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called on the government of the Republic of Benin to free Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to continue his journey.

On Friday in Lagos during an interactive session titled, “Sanctions on the loose: Chasing the gnat with a sledgehammer,” the elder statesman said Igboho didn’t commit any crime against Nigeria.

Men of the Department of State Services on July 1, 2021, invaded the Ibadan, Oyo State, home of the activist, killed two and arrested 12 of his aides.

Igboho later fled to the Republic of Benin where he was arrested alongside his wife on July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjehoun Airport in Cotonou on their way to Germany.

His wife, Ropo, was freed and Igboho is facing illegal migration charges in the West African country and seeking refuge to evade Federal Government appeal for his repatriation to face charges of storing arms which he had denied.

The Nobel laureate said Igboho’s offence was resisting oppression of Fulani herdsmen against his people in Oyo State.

Soyinka said, “I refuse to believe that Igboho committed any offence except agitating against Fulani tyranny on his people. He peacefully demonstrated his position. I can’t consider that to be decided a criminal. Agitating for secession is not a criminal act as long as it’s done peacefully. You don’t have to criminalise that.”

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