VIolent abuse of rights awaits Igboho if returned to Nigeria, Afenifere Renewal Group writes United Nations
By Bisi Odeseyi
Any attempt to extradite Pan Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo to Nigeria will lead to violent abuse of his rights, Afenifere Renewal Group, (ARG) noted on Tuesday in a letter addressed to the international community including the United Nations, (UN)
In a statement made available to Irohinoodua ARG said any attempt to bring back Igboho to Nigeria is life threatening.
Irohinoodua had reported that Chief Sunday Igboho has been released and was on his way to Germany. This was based on reports by some credible Yoruba individuals in Benin Republic and some Pan Yoruba groups who passed on the information to our reporter.
As at press time this evening, fresh reports countered earlier belief that he has been released and was on his way to Germany.
Irohinoodua will update on the real status as the information continues to unfold.
What is certain is that he has not been released to the Nigerian authorities.
ARG said “It is mind-boggling however that Nigerian central government’s concerted effort to ground the peaceful pursuit of self-determination by Mr Adeyemo is not commensurate with its groveling attitude towards murderous herdsmen, whose plan to overrun Yorubaland and turn it into a terrorized space is not hidden – but for the solid determination of Yoruba governors” the ARG said in the statement signed by its Chairman, Hon Wale Osun and Secretary, Ayo Afolabi.
He said “Similarly, we have not seen such concerted effort directed at checkmating bandits who have turned the country into a war zone. This appears to be a blatant case of ethnic discrimination, by every democratic and civic governance standard. Mr. Adeyemo’s Ibadan home was viciously and illegally attacked in an unprecedented raid, and in a purportedly undemocratic setting without a valid search warrant.”
He said there was no evidence of any resistance against the raid, yet two innocent occupants of Igboho’s house were murdered in cold blood.
He said “The international community is being invited to note the raid on Mr. Adeyemo’s residence and that there is now abundant evidence that he would, if extracted to Nigeria, be denied justice.”
ARG said Benin Republic, under international law, has an obligation to protect Mr Adeyemo and ensure that he receives justice in whatever extradition process her court might be called to adjudicate upon.
Afenifere Renewal Group invites the Central government to concentrate on solving the problems that precipitated all the crises presently confronting Nigeria rather than selectively bullying its citizens on the basis of ethnic nationality