Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the lawyers of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, on Sunday announced he would no longer be representing the agitator.
Mr Olajengbesi’s decision followed dust raised by his statement on December 31, 2021 stating that Sunday Igboho was not at war with President Muhammadu Buhari, governors or any government official.
The umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO) questioned the Abuja-based lawyer’s motive, adding that he does not speak for Sunday Igboho nor is involved in the Yoruba Nation agitation.
However, in his statement posted on Facebook, Olajengbesi, a managing partner at Law Corridor, said: “This is to officially announce my resignation as counsel involved in any matter relating to Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho and the Yoruba Nation agitators.
“As a firm, we are satisfied with our little best in contributing to providing legal solutions and representations to Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) and associated Yoruba Nation agitators as far as ensuring the protection and enforcement of their rights in this matter.
“We were able to secure the release of 12 persons brutally and unlawfully arrested by the reckless State Security Service (SSS), and also secured the release of an innocent herbalist equally unlawfully arrested and detained by the SSS.
“We have two persons with on-going terrorism trials at the Federal High Court and our firm will dutifully continue and close the trial having commenced their matter.
“While thanking everyone, particularly Chief Yomi Aliyu SAN for the opportunity and freehand service, Dr. Olasupo Ojo for his fair leadership and Chief Femi Falana for allowing his industry to be tapped and for the moral support, I most respectfully wish to now step aside.”
Olajengbesi added that he said ab initio that the scope of his work would only be within the purview of his professional duty as a lawyer to Sunday Igboho and his aides.
“I am a strong believer in constitutional democracy, civil liberty and human rights which includes the right to self-determination but I am not a Yoruba nation agitator nor a member of any like organisation,” he said.