Sunday Adeyemo, the arrested Yoruba Nation activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has had his handcuff removed from him and also granted access to see his wife, Ropo.
This was disclosed by Maxwell Adeleye, Communications Manager of Ilana Omo Oodua, on Monday while providing an update on the health status of Igboho.
Adeleye said: “We are pleased to inform all Yoruba People and well-wishers that the Security Operatives in Benin Republic have removed a leg chain and hand-cuff from Chief Ighoho since Saturday evening.
“Chief Ighoho’s Wife has now been granted access to meet her husband three times daily.
“Medical Personnel provided by our legal team have examined Chief Sunday Adeyemo.
“We reiterate that Chief Ighoho is not under any immigration-related probe in Benin Republic.
“Chief Sunday Adeyemo will appear in court this morning in Benin Republic to face the likely extradition charges to be brought against him by the Nigerian Government.
“We urge supporters from Nigeria not to bother coming to the court premises in Bénin. Kindly stay in Nigeria and support with prayers and whatever you can do within the ambit of the law. We are confident that Chief Igboho shall be set free.”
The Beninese authorities have, however, released Ropo, the agitator’s wife, who was arrested with the 48-year-old activist on 19 July by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on their way to Germany.
The arrest comes three weeks after operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) raided Igboho’s house in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in a bid to arrest him.
He, however, escaped, although two persons were killed and 12 persons were arrested, while arms and ammunition were reportedly retrieved from his residence by the secret agents.
Igoboho has been declared wanted by the DSS on allegations of stockpiling arms to destabilise the country, an allegation which he has since denied.
He was arraigned before the Cour d’appel de Cotonou by the Beninese authorities last Thursday for immigration-related offences, particularly being in possession of a Benin Republic passport even though he is not a citizen of the country.
The Nigerian government had on Thursday sent representatives to court and accused Igboho of importing firearms.
The Cour d’appel asked the Nigerian government to provide evidence against the activist by the next adjourned date (today) before a request for extradition can be considered.