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Sunday Igboho reportedly flees Nigeria, arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic

By IHECHUKWU SUNDAY

Popular Yoruba freedom fighter and self-determination activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, has reportedly been arrested by security operatives in Cotonou, Benin Republic, as he allegedly made to flee the country to Germany through Nigeria’s neighbouring West African country.

According to a Sahara Reporters report, Igboho was arrested last night in the neighbouring West African country from where he wanted to leave Africa and travel to German presumably on self-exile.

Igboho had earlier been declared wanted by the DSS whose operatives invaded the activist’s Ibadan home in the early hours of last month, on Wednesday, June 30th to be precise, barely 72 hours to the Yoruba Nation Rally in Lagos at which he was expected to play a prominent role, on allegation he was stockpiling firearms.

Following the attack in which two of Igboho’s associates were killed and many arrested, the DSS, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunnaya, had advised Igboho to turn himself in to the nearest security.

“Those cheering and eulogizing him may appeal to or advice him to do the needful,” Afunanya had said. “He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law.”

Apparently, the ‘deadly’ advice was not one Igboho was prepared to heed, hence the decision to flee the country.

With the two most prominent self-determination agitators in the country – Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho – now under arrest, is this swan song for secessionist bids in the country?

This is a question that will engage the minds of many analysts in Nigeria in the days, weeks and months to come.

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