The wife of popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho has been arrested by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
According to Igboho’s lead counsel, Yomi Alliyu (SAN) who disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday said that the Yoruba Nation agitator was arrested alongside his wife, Ropo on Monday night.
Alliyu, however, called on the government of Germany and Benin Republic to prevent the extradition of Igboho to Nigeria.
He said, the Federal Government of Nigeria through INTERPOL got Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho and his wife, who is a German citizen, arrested on Monday night at an airport in Benin Republic, one of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries in the West African sub-region.
He added that Igboho was arrested while he tried to catch a flight to Germany with his wife.
The senior advocate described the arrest of his client as shocking and urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic and the international community “to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has an application before the International Criminal Court duly acknowledged”.
Recall that the Nigerian Department of State Services (DSS) had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides and killed two of them in a gun duel.
The Federal Government of Nigeria had placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop Igboho from leaving the country.