Yoruba Nation campaigner, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) has allegedly been released by Benin Republic authorities.
According to Irohinoodua, the activist is already on his way to Germany where he is expected to meet his family members
Irohinoodua, quoting sources, said his release was due to the involvement of some Western countries.
It was learnt that Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States mounting intense pressure on the government of Benin Republic not to hand over Chief Adeyemo to the Nigerian authorities.
They hinge their arguments on strong suspicion that Igboho will not get justice if returned to Nigeria.
“We do not think returning Igboho to Nigeria will set standards for Benin Republic in line with global human rights best practices,” a diplomat told Irohinoodua in Benin Republic
Lawyer to Chief Adeyemo, Mr Leesi Ebenezer Olanrewaju, who is based in the United States had earlier said there were strong indications Benin Republic will not transfer Igboho to Nigeria.
Olanrewaju said the authorities of the International Police and the Government of the Republic of Benin are not willing to return Igboho to Nigeria.
He said under international laws, Igboho is not seen to have committed any crime but merely fighting for self determination which is recognised under international law
He said Benin arrested Igboho based on ‘alarm’ raised by Nigeria.
He said the British and German governments already have shown interest in the case
He said “We are on top of the situation right now. We have successfully notified the British government on the dangers of letting Sunday Adeyemo returned to Nigeria where his life is at risk. We believe that before the end of today, Britain would have granted his request for asylum in good faith.”
Meanwhile, the Yoruba Nation Global Directorate (YNGD) has expressed its appreciation to the government and people of Benin Republic for releasing Chief Adeyemo.
In a statement on Tuesday signed by its Director, Princess Adeola Atayero Olamijulo, YNGD expressed gratitude to all those “whose prayers, called and participated in the release of the activist.”
She thanked all the Beninese lawyers in Cotonou who promptly stepped into the matter for their support.
“Chief Adeyemo is on his way to his destination,” the statement said.