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Agitating For Yoruba Nation Not A Crime, Release Sunday Igboho – Soyinka Tells Benin Republic

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Renowned novelists, Professor Wole Soyinka, has called on Benin Republic authorities to immediately release Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday ‘Igboho’ Adeyemo.

Naija News recalls that the Department of State Services, DSS, had on July 1, 2021, attacked the Ibadan home of the Sunday Igboho, killing two people and arresting 12 others.

The Yoruba activist who escaped the attack by the security agency went into hiding but later resurfaced in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Igboho alongside his wife, Ropo, were apprehended by Beninese security agents while they were trying to board a flight to Germany.

Though Ropo was later released by a Beninese court, the judge ordered Sunday Igboho to be remanded in prison as they carry out further investigation.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday during an interactive session titled, “Sanctions on the loose: Chasing the gnat with a sledgehammer,” Soyinka called on the government of Nigeria’s neighbors to allow Igboho continue his journey.

According to the Nobel Laureate winner, the Yoruba nation agitator didn’t commit any crime against Nigeria.

Soyinka said, “I refuse to believe that Igboho committed any offence except agitating against Fulani tyranny on his people. He peacefully demonstrated his position. I can’t consider that to be decided a criminal. Agitating for secession is not a criminal act as long as it’s done peacefully. You don’t have to criminalise that.”

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.