A long-time associate of Yoruba Nation arrowhead, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, says he warned the activist from visiting his residence in Cotonou, Benin Republic, the day policemen came to survey his house.
NEWSCASTARS.COM learnt that the activist’s associate, spoke on condition of anonymity, to the PUNCH sayingbefore Igboho’s ordeal with the Nigerian government began in January 2021, the activist usually lodged in his house each time he came to Benin Republic.
However, the source said he told the activist not to visit his place when the police in Benin Republic came to survey his house earlier in the year.
The DSS raided Igboho’s residence in the Soka area of Ibadan on July 1, 2021, arrested at least 12 of his associates and killed two others during the bloody raid and Igboho narrowly escaped and the secret police subsequently declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria under the pretext of Yoruba Nation agitation but Igboho denied the allegation.
The activist, who went underground, was, however, apprehended on Monday night in Cotonou after the Nigerian government had written Interpol to hunt Igboho. I
gboho and his wife were arrested by Interpol at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou around 8pm on Monday while trying to catch a flight to Germany.
Igboho’s associate said everything happened so fast and the Nigerian government had been on the lookout for Igboho long ago. The source said, “Before now, whenever Sunday wanted to come to Benin Republic, I was always aware. He would call me on the phone that he was coming. But since policemen came to my house to check my house, I told Sunday that ‘please you can’t stay here any longer’. Maybe because of that, Sunday didn’t inform me.
“On Monday, I heard Sunday was at the airport. I tried to call him that he was not supposed to be at the airport because Nigeria already wrote a letter to Interpol.
“Immediately, I tried to call someone at the airport to tell him to leave the place, five minutes later, I was notified by my sources in the criminal police that they arrested one Nigerian. I asked what the name was and my source told me; Sunday Adeyemo. I shouted. I asked why they did that and they said it was an order from above.”