By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Yoruba Nation agitators on Wednesday stormed the Soka, Ibadan residence of Yoruba freedom fighter, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho), demanding that his extradition to Nigeria should not be granted by the Beninese government
The protest, which began at his Soka residence disrupted vehicular movements along major roads across the vicinity, as the protesters with their various placards bearing different inscriptions, warned the Federal Government not to undermine Igboho’s right to freedom.
They added that Igboho had committed no offence and as such should be allowed to move freely without being hunted.
While speaking with journalists, leader of the protest, Yusuf Ajikobi, said it was unjust for the Yoruba nation agitator to be detained outside the Nigerian jurisdiction, vowing that the agitation would not stop until their demands are met.
He said: “He is fighting for a genuine course and we are all in support of his agitation. We are here to appeal to the Beninise Goverment not to extradite Igboho to the Nigerian Government.
“They should allow him to seek asylum in Germany. Yoruba cannot continue to suffer. We are tired of how hardsmen are killing our farmers in the Southwest and raping our girls. We demand our freedom. Let Sunday Igboho be. Let him move freely, let him enjoy his freedom.
“Help us ask Buhari and his people; what is the offence of Igboho? He asked Fulani herders killing and raping our people to leave; is that an offence? The Federal Government under Buhari knows where bandits and Boko Haram leaders are but they ignore them, preferring to use Nigerian resources to kidnap peace loving people and put them in jail.
“This government watched a northern cleric romancing bandits, visiting them in the forest but this government still claims not to know the bandits whereabouts.
“We call on our Southwest governors and Yoruba monarchs to rise up and fight for the people that put them in position. It is not a crime if someone is asking for an end to oppression. The Federal Government is pushing too far in the way it is handling the issues of Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu.”
It would be recalled that Igboho was arrested at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic on Monday night by security operatives in the West African country and consequently detained.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government had since been pushing for his extradition but many individuals and groups have kicked against the move.