More well-wishes pour in for the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, as he turns 49-year-old today, but doesn’t get the privilege to celebrate his milestone birthday as a free man, but rather locked up in a detention facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
But that has stopped of dampened the spirit of his close allies, especially the leader of the umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination group, the Ilana Omo Oodua chieftain, Prof Banji Akintoye, who in his birthday wishes to Igboho assured the freedom fighter that he is not forgotten and would soon be released, promising him that he will celebrate his next birthday as a free man.
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Prof Akintoye’s said, in an interview with Punch News, “Igboho is a prisoner of conscience; he is a man of the people. People like him are never forgotten. He has chosen to stand by his people and I have never seen someone who stands by his people and is defeated. Igboho can never be defeated.
“So, on behalf of all organizations under Ilana Omo Oodua, we wish him Happy 49th Birthday. He can be assured that his 50th birthday would be celebrated globally and we shall laugh last at the end of the journey.”
Also, the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, in a statement on Sunday, congratulated Igboho and urged the Benin Republic government to release the Yoruba nation agitator unconditionally.
Born on October 10, 1972, Igboho and Akintoye had been seen together at press conferences and rallies championing the cause to secede from the Nigerian state and establish the Yoruba Nation.
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Igboho’s troubles started when the Department of State Services raided his residence around 1 am on July 1, 2021.
During the raid, the secret police had said it killed two of his associates and arrested about 12 others during the bloody raid. Ten of the detainees had since regained freedom after an Abuja court granted them bail while the DSS has refused to release the other two aides of the agitator.
Igboho, who narrowly escaped the bloody raid, was subsequently declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria under the pretext of Yoruba Nation, an allegation he denied.
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