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Protester on Ibadan street
The protesters who gathered at the home of Igboho in Ibadan, carried placards with various messages like ‘Igboho is not a criminal, I stand with Igboho’ and so on.
In a video on the Facebook page of Olayomi Koiki, Igboho’s media aide, the Yoruba in Cotonou are seen singing solidarity song and demanding freedom for Igboho.
They also demanded an independent nation of Yoruba people, saying that they had confidence in the Benin Republic justice system, and optimistic that Igboho would be freed.
The protesters later proceeded to the streets of Ibadan, calling for Igboho’s freedom. They said since Igboho had not committed any crime or killed anyone, he should not be subjected to the treatment he is going through. The protesters blocked Soka junction road, with hundreds of motorists caught in the traffic.
Said one of the protesters: “Help us ask Buhari and his people; what is the offence of Igboho? He asked Fulani herders killing and raping our people to leave; is that an offence?
“The federal government under Buhari knows where bandits and Boko Haram leaders are but they ignore them, preferring to use Nigeria resources to kidnap peace loving people and put them in jail”.
Igboho, it will be recalled, was nabbed on Monday night in Cotonou while allegedly making moves to escape to Germany with his German wife.
Olayomi Koiki, an aide to Sunday Igboho had reportedly called for a protest against his principal’s arrest.
Koiki in a statement disclosed that the agitators would stage the protest on Wednesday afternoon in Ibadan, at Igboho’s residence in Ibadan.
Said Koiki: “Please we beg all agitators to converge at Chief Sunday Igboho’s house for a peaceful demonstration to show the world the kind of person he is as one of the conditions given for his release.
“Please let’s all be at his house in Soka, Ibadan, before 12 o’clock today, thanks and God bless Yoruba nation now”.
In a related development, some Yoruba people resident in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, also thronged the nation’s court where it is believed that extradition hearing of the Yoruba youth leader would be held.
He was declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS) early in July after his Ibadan house was raided on July 1, 2021 by the operatives of the DSS.
Two people were killed by the DSS in the late night raid while 12 others were arrested and later paraded in Abuja. They have since been charged to court.
Said the protesters: “This government watched a northern cleric romancing bandits, visiting them in the forest but this government still claims not to know bandits whereabouts.
“We call on our south-west governors and Yoruba monarchs to rise up and fight for the people that put them in position. It is not a crime if someone is asking for an end to oppression. The federal government is pushing too far in the way it is handling the issues of Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu.”
The protest was still in progress as of the time of filing this report.