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Sunday Igboho thanks Adebanjo, other south-west leaders as he regains freedom after 2 years

Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has regained his freedom after over two years of trial by the Beninese authorities.

He made this known in a statement on Sunday while thanking former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, Professor Banji Akintoye, Ayo Adebanjo and several traditional rulers for the roles they played in securing his release from Beninese custody.

In his statement titled, “My Release in Benin Republic”, the Yoruba Nation agitator confirmed that he is now free to return to Nigeria after fulfilling all the conditions attached to his bail.

Igboho’s statement partly read, “First of all, my sincere appreciation goes to God almighty, the master of the universe for making this day.

“I give special thanks to President Talon of Benin Republic and to all members of his cabinet. My gratitude goes to my heroic father, Professor Banji Akintoye, and Professor Wole Soyinka for their support in the course of the struggle. May God reward you Baba for your standing courageously for our Yoruba nation and me. You promised to stand by me through my ordeal in Benin Republic and you have fulfilled your promise.

“I will not forget to appreciate former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Baba Ayo Adebanjo for their roles, even though only God gives freedom. Let me use this opportunity to say thank you to all religious leaders, pastors, Muslim clerics and traditional worshippers for their prayers day and night.”

He added; “I am now free to return to Nigeria and visit any country in the world. I have fulfilled all the legal conditions attached to my bail a few years back and I am coming home to Nigeria, my country of origin, any moment from now.

“I can confirm to you that I am now free to come back to Nigeria. There is no legal encumbrance again. Even though I have been living in Cotonou for some time, I can confirm to you categorically that I have now secured the liberty to leave Cotonou for Nigeria,”

In March 2021, he declared the Yoruba Nation’s sovereignty but fled Nigeria following a raid on his residence in Ibadan by the Department of State Service (DSS), which accused him of hoarding arms.

Igboho was then arrested on July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, the Republic of Benin on his way to Germany.