Prof Soyinka Visits Sunday Igboho In Benin Republic

A Professor of Comparative Literature, Wole Soyinka, on Sunday paid a visit to Yoruba Nation fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

The Nobel laureate was accompanied by some Yoruba leaders such as the leader of the Yoruba self-determination group, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Banji Akintoye.

Mr Soyinka, a professor of Comparative Literature, crossed the Seme border around noon into Cotonou.

A crowd mobbed him while he was waiting to complete immigration formalities, repeatedly asking about his destination.

Soyinka responded he was visiting Mr Igboho to “break the Moslem fast with him.”

He said even though they are both non-Muslims; it made no difference because he wished to see Mr Igboho, to sympathise with him.

”Ramadan is as good as any other season to express non-denominational solidarity,” he added.

Soyinka’s visit is coming weeks after the release of Igboho in the Benin Republic.

Recall that Igboho was declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS) after the agency allegedly found arms at his residence.

Mr Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested on July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, the Republic of Benin, on their way to Germany after he fled his Ibadan residence.

Beninoise officials later released his wife but Mr Igboho remained in detention until March this year, when they released him on the condition that he remain in the country “for the time being under full security,” according to his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu.

Igboho was released on health grounds after spending about nine months in a detention facility in the Benin Republic.

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