Igboho: Details of monarchs’ meeting in Benin Republic revealed, as Olubadan intervenes
The Yoruba monarchs in Benin Republic who met on Sunday over the arrest and detention of the Yoruba nation freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, have resolved to write the president of the country, Patrice Talon.
The monarchs made the disclosure after a meeting at the Ajohoun Palace in Adjohoun, Benin on Sunday.
Igboho, who is currently in the custody of security forces in Cotonou following his arrest on Monday alongside his German wife, will be in court in Benin on Monday for hearing on his extradition.
The activist was arrested by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin after he was declared wanted in Nigeria by the Department of State Security Services, DSS.
The traditional rulers told BBC News Yoruba at the end of the meeting that they were working towards finding a solution to Sunday Igboho’s issues with authorities of the country.
They said that it was agreed upon that a letter should be written to the president of Benin Republic, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Interior, and the Head of the country’s parliament.
One of the monarchs, King Siyan Aladjohoun of Adjohoun stated that they considered visiting the country’s President and other government officials to resolve the issues.
SUNDAY IGBOHO: OLUBADAN SENDS DELEGATION TO COTONOU
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1 has sent a delegation to Cotonou, Benin Republic to observe the proceedings of the court case involving Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
The first class monarch who did not disclose the identity of the delegation said yesterday that those to observe the court proceedings where Sunday Igboho will be facing trial would be in court unfailingly tomorrow Monday.
Oba Adetunji stated this at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace today, Sunday while exchanging views with some leaders of thought comprising the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes President General, Prince Yemisi Adeaga, first vice President General, Dr. Tirimisiyu Oladimeji; Ekefa Olubadan, Senior Chief Lekan Alabi; Ajia Olubadan, Chief Wasiu Aderoju Alaadorin; Mogaji Makusota, Prof. Oluwasegun Adekunle and Personal Assistant to Olubadan, Mr. Adeola Oloko.
According to Olubadan it has become necessary in order to allay the fears of several people including protesters who besiege Olubadan palace every now and then that Kabiesi is not folding his arms over the travails of Sunday Igboho and his co-travellers.
Said he “Sunday Igboho lives in Ibadan, got married in Ibadan, rear children in Ibadan, built houses in Ibadan and as such he has the rights to be protected by Ibadan Traditional Institution within the ambit of the law just like any human being in Ibadan.
The first class monarch who stated that he was in constant touch with Yoruba prominent royal fathers, including Igboho royal crowns allayed public fears of a repeat performance of Yoruba-Fulani coalition of 1814.
According to Oba Adetunji, students of Nigeria history may wish to be reminded that when some people during the period under reference chose to engage in territorial expansion to the sea, it took the Ibadan army under Balogun Oderinlo to repel the attack and stop the incursion near Osogbo.
Oba Adetunji however urged the people to remain calm and law abiding as truth will prevail.
Signed: Adeola Oloko (Mr.) Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity For: His Imperial Majesty 25-07-2021