By Gideon Adonai
Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, Yoruba nation agitator, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Igboho was reportedly arrested by security operatives in Benin Republic about three weeks after the Department of State Services declared him wanted for allegedly storing arms and ammunition, an allegation which he has since denied.
A reliable source familiar with the matter confirmed that he was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night.
“He was arrested in Cotonou while he tried to travel out on Monday night. He was heading for Germany. The security forces in Benin Republic should repatriate him to Nigeria on Tuesday,” the source said.
The Nigerian secret police had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides and killed two in a gun battle.
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The Federal Government of Nigeria had placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop Igboho from leaving the country.
When contacted, a member of Igboho’s legal team, Pelumi Olajengbesi, said he would speak with the lead counsel, Yomi Aliyu (SAN), to confirm the news.
DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, did not respond to a text message seeking confirmation on the matter.
Afunanya, at a briefing on July 1, 2021, had vowed that “Igboho may run as far as he can. He may hide as long as he wants…But this will be the end of his shenanigans.”