Yoruba monarchs in Benin Republic have resolved to write the president of the country, Patrice Talon, over the arrest and detention of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, in the West African country.
The traditional rulers made this known after meeting at the Ajohoun Palace in Adjohoun, Benin on Sunday.
After their meeting which ended about 2p.m., the monarchs disclosed that the meeting was aimed at finding solution and the steps they would take on Sunday Igboho’s issue.
They said they agreed that a letter should be written to the President of Benin Republic, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Interior, and the head of the country’s parliament.
King Siyan Aladjohoun of Adjohoun added that the monarchs also considered visiting the country’s president and other government officials.
On Friday, the Beninese court adjourned Igboho’s case till Monday after his five lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.
The Beninese authorities released Ropo, the agitator’s wife, who was arrested with the 48-year-old activist on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany.
On his part, Igboho was returned to police custody.
The lawyers had said that during the hearing, prosecutors claimed Igboho was on a watch list for alleged trafficking in arms, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance and causing disunity in Nigeria.
Gani Adams Says He’s Uncomfortable With FG’s Handling Of Case
Meanwhile, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, on Monday rallied 10 prominent Benin Republic monarchs in support of the embattled Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo.
This came as a last minute effort to ensure there is justice and fairness in the ongoing case of the Yoruba nation activist, who have been in the spotlight over his arrest last week at the Benin Republic International Airport.
The monarchs have been assigned to play both traditional and fatherly roles in ensuring that Igboho’s right to freedom is protected without abuse or misjudgments.
Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, said it is the duty of the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, and that of other traditional rulers to support Igboho at this trying time, maintaining that the case against Igboho should not be taken with levity.
“I am not comfortable with the way the Federal Government is handling Sunday Igboho’s case and I have made my position known to the world. I have also rallied over ten prominent Yoruba monarchs in Republic of Benin to discuss the possibility of getting Igboho off the hook, and ensure that he regains his freedom unconditionally.
“Going forward, I think we must stand by him because we are all in the struggle for the liberation of our race and whatever happens to Igboho happens to us. And the journey, though, didn’t begin with him, it will definitely not end with him, because the agitation for self-determination is our legitimate right for which we are ready to follow with all our strengths.”
Adams said the move to seek the monarchs’ intervention became imperative because of the sensitive nature of the case, adding that the ten prominent monarchs are in the best position to work with the authorities of the Republic of Benin to ensure there is justice for Igboho.
Leading the ten monarchs in the emergency meeting held for the embattled Yoruba nation agitator was the Alajowun of Ajowun land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Signon Adekilumo.
Others were Alajase of Ajase-Ile Porto-Novo, Oba Alajase Onikoyi; Onitowe of Towe land, Oba Shitu Adeleke; Ologunba of Ogunba, Oba Adio Ogunju; Oniohorije of Ohori land, Oba Awelede Salomon; Onimasse of Mase land, Oba Akerekoro; Palais Royal de Seme Krake, Sa Majeste Roi de KRAKE;
Palais Royal de Ilase Sa Majeste Roi de Ilase, Oloye R. Oguntosin Taye; the Tolulase of Ajase-Ile Kingdom, Porto-Novo, and Aremo Onikoyi Abesan Keefa Ajase-Ile.