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Nigerian Yoruba separatist leader arrested in Benin

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

Nigeria’s Yoruba separatist leader Sunday Adeyemo has been arrested in Benin, after he was declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms.

Mr Igboho was arrested by security forces at an airport in Benin’s capital, Cotonou.

He was reportedly heading for Germany when he was arrested for repatriation.

Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) announced that it was pursuing Mr Igboho after fleeing a raid on his residence.

The DSS on July 1, 2021 raided Mr Igboho’s residence, two days after the activist called for anti-government protests.

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The agency said it recovered a cache of arms from Mr Igboho’s house in the raid amid gun battle.

“The gun duel which lasted for an hour offered Igboho the chance to escape,” the agency said in a statement adding that two of Igboho’s men were “gunned down” during the exchange of fire.

Mr Igboho has been actively campaigning for the formation of an independent state of Yoruba in south-western Nigeria.

The separatist leader has denied allegations that he is inciting violence against Fulani herders in southern states.

Nigerian authorities have in the past arrested the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group, which also supports the secession of the south-east of Nigeria, Kanu.

The Biafra separatist group leader was arrested abroad after four years on the run and brought to Nigeria, where he is facing trial for “terrorism”.

Nigerian has over 200 ethnic groups and a population of 210 million.

The three largest groups in the country are the Hausa-Fulani in the north, the Igbo in the south-east and the Yoruba in the southwest.


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