Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Friday called on the government of the Republic of Benin to release self-styled leader of Yoruba secessionist agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Speaking with newsmen in Lagos on Friday, Soyinka said Igboho didn’t commit any crime against Nigeria.
THEWILL reports that operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), had on July 1, 2021, raided the Ibadan, Oyo State, home of Igboho, killed two and arrested 12 of his aides.
Igboho later fled to the Republic of Benin, where he was arrested alongside his wife on July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjehoun Airport in Cotonou on their way to Germany.
His wife, Ropo, was released.
But Igboho has since been detained in custody, facing illegal migration charges in Benin Republic.
Soyinka said Igboho’s offence was resisting tyranny of Fulani herdsmen against his people in Oyo State.
“I refuse to believe that Igboho committed any offence except agitating against Fulani tyranny on his people. He peacefully demonstrated his position. I can’t consider that to be decided a criminal. Agitating for secession is not a criminal act as long as it’s done peacefully. You don’t have to criminalise that,” he said.