Leader of the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Odua, Professor Emeritus Banji Akintoye, has vowed not to abandon Sunday ‘Igboho’ Adeyemo.
Sunday Igboho is currently locked up in prison in Benin Republic after fleeing the Department of State Services, DSS, in Nigeria.
Akintoye told Vanguard that he would not return to Nigeria until Igboho is set free from detention.
Speaking through his media aide, Maxwell Adeleye, Akintoye, said the process of securing the release of the Yoruba activist was ongoing.
He said: “I will return to Nigeria immediately Igboho is released from custody.
“Yoruba nation agitators, both home and in the Diaspora, must stand strong. We have resolved Sunday Igboho will not be subjected to inhuman and dehumanizing treatment of any kind.
“Myself and other Yoruba patriots are working to provide the assistance necessary to ensure that nobody will be able to do anything unlawful or primitive to him in custody.
“My continued stay here does not mean I am afraid of the Federal Government of Nigeria. I have not committed any offence to warrant fleeing from Nigeria as some people were insinuating.
“We are fighting for our rights. Yoruba people cannot continue to be slaves. We are going to shock the Nigeria government with our plans. But we are not going to make them (plans) public. It’s going to be strategic. We are going to deploy what we have to get what we want.
“Sunday Igboho is our son and we will defend him with our last breath. He deserves not to be in custody for fighting for the freedom of Yoruba people. I assure you, we will become victorious as plans are in top gear to get him released, but I will not disclose what will happen next”.