‘Yoruba nation’: Igboho has advised against staging rallies in his name, says lawyer

Yomi Alliyu, counsel to Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader better known as Sunday Igboho, says the youth leader has advised supporters against staging demonstrations in his name “for the time being”.

On July 20, Igboho and Ropo, his wife, were arrested at an airport in Cotonou by Benin Republic’s security forces while he was trying to flee to Germany.
He was detained at the request of the Nigerian government, who had declared him “wanted” after raiding his home in Ibadan.

A week later, a Benin court blocked the immediate extradition of the self-determination activist back to Nigeria, while ruling that Igboho be remanded in prison pending further judgement.

Aliyu, in a statement on Thursday, said Igboho also asked his supporters to ignore any messages to the contrary.

“There is time for everything. Chief Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a Igboho Oosa, is desirous of respecting those murdered in his house on that black 1st July, 2021,”the statement reads. 

“In that wise, he has advised against staging any demonstration or rally in his name for the time being. He will also like people to respect his family by not calling his mum out for anything public. Igboho for now has no authentic mouthpiece anywhere.

“In that wise, people are advised to take anything said by anybody claiming to be from him with a pinch of salt. The exception is the statement by his lead counsel.

“Let’s respect the dead. On no account should anybody attack any public place or security personnel on the pretence of agitating for Yoruba nation!”

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