Yoruba separatist leader Sunday Igboho vows to return home and collect his N20 billion from the Nigerian government
Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba separatist leader, who is currently on bail in neighbouring Benin Republic, has vowed to return to Nigeria to continue his agitation for an independent Yoruba nation which will be carved out of south western Nigeria.
He made this know in a viral video published Wednesday.
Igboho assured his followers that he would soon return to Ibadan, Oyo State barely two years after he fled the country following a raid by the Department of State Security (DSS).
“I am coming back to Ibadan; I’m originally from Oyo State. I’m coming back home. So, Yorubas should not be afraid and nothing will happen; nobody can make the other person afraid,” he said in the video.
His house in Ibadan was raided by DSS agents in the middle of the night in 2021 after he was suspected of planning an armed insurrection.
The DSS claimed that seven AK 47 rifles, pump action guns and 5,000 rounds of ammunition and other weapons were recovered from his apartment during the invasion.
He was later arrested at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou while trying to travel to Germany and was transferred to the Cotonou Criminal Brigade.
In September 2021, the Oyo State High Court declared the raid conducted by the DSS on the residence of Igboho in Ibadan as “illegal”, saying that the action was “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” against the activist.
The presiding judge, Ladiran Akintola, immediately ordered SSS to pay N20 billion to Igboho as exemplary and aggravated damages.
Igboho further said his agitation for the ‘Yoruba nation’ was on course, noting that his demand from the Nigerian government was to allow the people of the Southwest to have their independence from Nigeria.
However, he added that the court had justified his struggle by clearing all charges and awarding him 20 billion to be paid by the Nigerian government over the ‘unlawful invasion’ of his apartment by the DSS.
“My agitation was in place and the question I asked the Nigerian government was in order, and the court has justified my demands. Also, the N20 billion Nigerian Government owes me will be paid,” the activist added.
Speaking via a zoom platform at the Bishop Ajayi Crowther’s annual posthumous birthday celebration in Ibadan, Igboho stated: “I thank you all for your support since the inception of this just cause, and by God’s grace, the Fulani’s herdsmen activities against our people will end in our land. The Yoruba nation will soon be achieved and it will be better than all the nations in the world.”
Akowe with reports from Ibadan