Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, widely known as Sunday Igboho, expressed his gratitude to Yoruba leaders and some traditional rulers, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Pa Ayo Adebanjo of Afenifere, Professor Banji Akintoye, Professor Wole Soyinka, and others, for their relentless efforts in securing his release from Benin Republic after his two-year incarceration.
Igboho was detained on July 19, 2021, at Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, by Interpol while en route to Germany.
This came after a raid on his residence in Ibadan, where the Department of State Services had accused him of hoarding weapons.
In a statement on his Instagram account, Igboho confirmed his release and expressed his appreciation towards the Yoruba leaders and traditional rulers for their role in securing his freedom.
In his statement titled ‘My Release in Benin Republic’, Igboho said: “My sincere appreciation goes to God almighty, the master of the universe for making this day. I want to say a big thank you to all Yoruba sons and daughters all over the world for their love and support before and after the loss of my dear mother, though she’s still kept at the morgue, waiting for me to come and give her the befitting burial that she deserves.
“I give special thanks to President Talon of Benin Republic and all members of his cabinet. My gratitude goes to my heroic father, Professor Banji Akintoye, and Professor Wole Soyinka for their support in the course of the struggle.
“You promised to stand by me through my ordeal in Benin Republic and you have fulfilled your promise.
“I will not forget to appreciate former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and Baba Ayo Adebanjo for their roles, even though only God gives freedom. Let me use this opportunity to say thank you to all religious leaders, pastors, Muslim clerics, and traditional worshippers for their prayers day and night.
Giving a hint of his return to Nigeria, the Yoruba activist said: “I am now free to return to Nigeria and visit any country in the world. I have fulfilled all the legal conditions attached to my bail a few years back and I am coming home to Nigeria, my country of origin, any moment from now.
“I can confirm to you that I am now free to come back to Nigeria. There is no legal encumbrance again. Even though I have been living in Cotonou for some time, I can confirm to you categorically that I have now secured the liberty to leave Cotonou for Nigeria.”