Following the detention of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Igboho, in Benin Republic.
Prof Wole Soyinka, has appealed to the government of the Republic of Benin to release Igboho, who is currently in prison custody in the West African country.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos State, Soyinka further stated that Igboho committed no crime against Nigeria.
“He is against Fulani herdsmen tyranny and threw out criminal herdsmen terrorising his neighbourhood. That’s his real crime. I refuse to accept that Igboho is being chased because he peacefully demonstrated his position vis-a-vis the destiny of this nation which is a fundamental human right of anybody. Somebody called for secession or a separate state, I don’t consider that (a criminal act) and nowhere is that declared a criminal act as long as it’s done peacefully and collectively within the law. You don’t criminalise the action and in addition commit a criminal act against such an individual. That was what the security services did by raiding Igboho’s home at 2am, killing two of his people and claiming, without a warrant or anything, that they found weapons in his house. Who is going to believe that cock and bull story?”
We ask the government of the Republic of Benin to release the man to continue his business which was interrupted unjustly. Please, rectify this error and don’t compound t any further by holding Sunday Igboho in prison one day long.’’