Yoruba Freedom Fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, who was arrested on Monday night has not been released, Newsflash Nigeria can confirm.
Newsflash Nigeria had earlier reported that Sunday Igboho was arrested at the Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport on Monday night while attempting to flee to Germany.
Contrary to trending reports emerged on Tuesday evening claiming that the agitator has been released and flown to Germany.
Speaking in a zoom conversation organized by Heritage Multimedia TV, Professor Wale Adeniran dismissed such reports, stressing that Igboho is still being held by the Beninoise authorities.
Adeniran, a member of Ilana Omo Odua, the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, revealed that his lawyer confirmed that the activist is still in custody.
Adeniran, a pioneer Commissioner of Education in Osun State and former Director of Institute of African Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, refuted the trending reports that he has been released.
He said: “I have just spoken with his lawyer. The lawyer has visited the location where he (Igboho) is been held.
“He was not allowed to see him (Igboho) but they confirmed to him that they are holding him in that location.
“He was asked to come back tomorrow (Wednesday) by 8:00am to see him.
“I asked him hope they are not going to play a funny game of secretly extraditing him, the lawyer told me it is not possible.
“We filed an application for political asylum for him over a week ago. With that in process, he cannot be legally extradited from Benin republic. I am very confident about that.
“I handle the application myself with the immigration lawyer and he assured me that since that application has been filed, he cannot be extradited. I think we should be rest assured that he will have the opportunity to see him tomorrow.”
Adeniran carpeted those falsely reporting he has been released.
He said: “Why should people be putting out false information that he has been released which is injurious to this struggle and to the welfare and wellbeing of igboho?”
Adeniran disclosed four international lawyers from Benin Republic, Nigeria, France, Britain are on the case but when they saw the trending news, they had to call him to confirm.
“When the lawyers saw the false information, they relaxed, I had to tell them it is false. So can you see the damage,” he added.