Soyinka had no hand in Sunday Igboho’s release — Lawyer


Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka did not take part in the release of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho from detention in Benin Republic, the latter’s lawyer has said.

The lawyer Yomi Alliyu clarified that Prof. Wale Adediran, a member of the Ilana Ono Oodua, was actively involved in the negotiation that led to Sunday Igboho’s release.

Alliyu said: “Prof Wale Adeniran was actively involved in Sunday Igboho’s release. Prof Wole Soyinka had nothing to do with the release of Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Igboho. He (Igboho) is also hale and healthy.

“We will ever continue the immense contributions of Prof Wale Adeniran for the laudable role he played in negotiating the conditional release of our client.”

Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, had announced Sunday Igboho’s release in a statement on Monday.

The activist was arrested in Benin Republic on his way to Germany on July 19, 2021, together with his wife, Ropo. His wife was later released.

Sunday Igboho, who became popular for speaking in his people’s defence against Fulani herders accused of crimes, had fled Nigeria after a deadly raid on his Ibadan residence by the operatives of the Department of State Services on July 1, 2021.