Sunday "Igboho" Adeyemo

The fate of Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, has become hazy, as his extradition case was not heard by a court in Republic of Benin, where he is being held at the behest of the Nigerian Government.

The Yoruba agitator was arrested at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, in Cotonou on Monday while he was attempting to travel to Germany along with his wife.

Sunday “Igboho” Adeyemo

According to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Yoruba, the court where the trial was to take place is called Paequet, and checks indicated that Igboho was still being kept in a detention centre called the Brigade De Criminel near Berlier.

Reports further indicated that his supporters and fellow agitators, who had thronged the court premises to catch a glimpse of their hero, were disappointed as they waited in vain for his arraignment.

They started leaving the court premises later when it was obvious the authorities were not likely to bring him to court.

Supporters of embattled activists had taken to the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to protest his arrest and detention by Beninise authorities.

The protesters gathered in front of Igboho’s house in the Sooka area of Ibadan from where they took to the streets around 12 noon on Wednesday.

They were heard singing the Yoruba Nation anthem and chanting “Igboho Oosa”, “Free Igboho now now”.

The protesters also displayed placards such as: “I stand with Chief Sunday Igboho”; “Sunday Igboho is not a criminal”; “Yoruba wake up” and “Sunday Igboho is fighting for our freedom”

The protesters also blocked some sections of the road, which led to traffic snarl around the area.

Meanwhile, in a video on the Facebook page of Olayomi Koiki, Igboho’s media aide, the Yorubas in Cotonou were seen singing solidarity songs and demanding freedom for Igboho.

They also demanded an independent nation of Yoruba people. They said they have confidence in the Benin Republic justice system, expressing optimism that Igboho will be freed.

The Nigerian security authorities had declared Igboho wanted shortly after it had raided his home where two persons were reported killed and several others arrested.

Igboho’s sudden rise from obscurity followed his campaign against killings and wanton destruction of farmlands by armed Fulani herdsmen in Oyo State, a development that is also prevalent in other parts of the country.

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