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Counsel: Sunday Igboho will only accept Nigerian government’s olive branch if…

A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, on Friday, said Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, should have joined the South-West Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun.

Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said he will accept a political solution to his agitation and continued detention if only the Federal Government would allow him to go to Germany for medical treatment.

It could be recalled that Igboho has been in detention in Cotonou prison, the Republic of Benin, without further trial over three months.

The Attorney General and Federal Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had reportedly alluded to the possibility of finding a political solution to the logjam that followed the arrest and detention of Igboho in a television programme recently.

Igboho on Friday made the condition of accepting the Federal Government olive branch known in a release by his lead counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), who said he has the mandate of his client to speak on his behalf.

Reacting to the new position of the Federal Government, Chief Alliyu said he has the consent of Sunday Igboho to speak on the olive branch offered by the government which he described as a “kite flying strategy”, as reported on 10 November 2021.

He said, as a first step to accepting the political solution, the Federal Government should instruct the government of the Republic of Benin, which he described as a vassal state of Nigeria, to release Igboho and allow him to go on a medical trip to Germany.

Alliyu, in the five-paragraph release, said Igboho is a peace-loving person who is glad that the Federal Government has allowed reasons to prevail in realising that no force on earth can subdue the mantra of self-determination by an indigenous people, save referendum and/or sense of belonging and fair treatment of all tribes in accordance with the rule of law.

According to the statement, “We have the consent of Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa to react to the olive branch extended to him by the Hon Attorney General of Federation in what we regard as kite flying strategy at Arise TV as reported by all the dailies on 10th November 2021.

“Our client as a peace loving person is glad that the Federal Government has allowed reasons to prevail in realising that no force on earth can subdue the mantra of self-determination by an indigenous people save referendum and/or sense of belonging and fair treatment of all tribes in accordance with the rule of law.

“Intimidation by imprisonment of our client in a foreign land, that is generally regarded as the 37th State of Nigeria, cannot help the situation but respect for the rule of law as espoused in the N20.5 billion judgment in favour of our client.

“The imprisonment is making him more resolute in seeking self determination for his Yoruba indigenous tribe. Hence as a mark of good faith Nigeria should start with instructing its “vassal” state to release our client and allow him to embark on his medical trip to Germany.

“Republic of Benin has not been able to charge our client for any criminal offence for the over 3 months that they hold him illegally in their prison in Cotonou.

“We have his mandate to enter into any binding agreement on his behalf that will also be acceptable to his OODUA NATION Group.

“Our client thanks his supporters especially members of ILANA YORUBA/OODUA NATION home and diaspora, for their support and urge them to continue to be law-abiding and respect the extant laws of the land”.

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