Sunday Igboho was released after Western diplomats mount pressure on the Benin Republic, fly to Germany
Renowned Yoruba activist, who was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic has been released barely 24-hours after his detention.
Sources say Igboho is already on his way to Germany where he is expected to meet his family members following his release.
Igboho’s release is attributed to Western countries involving Britain, Canada, France, Germany, and the United States mounting intense pressure on the Government of Benin Republic not to hand over Chief Sunday Adeyemo, (Igboho) to the Nigerian authorities.
Ambassadors of Western nations reached out to the Benin Republic authorities, asking them not to hand over Chief Adeyemo to the Nigerian government, arguing on a strong suspicion that Igboho will not get justice if returned to his home country.
“We do not think returning Igboho to Nigeria will set standards for the Benin Republic in line with global human rights best practices’ a diplomat said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Leesi Ebenezer Olarewaju, a lawyer based in the United States who is one of those representing Chief Adeyemo, had earlier showed indications that the Benin Republic will not transfer Igboho to Nigeria