COTONOU, 26 July 2021 – The leader of the Yoruba separatist movement in Nigeria, Sunday Igboho Adeyemo, has been return to Nigeria to face charges that include treason and terrorism.

Igboho was arrested in neighboring Republic of Benin at the airport in the port city of Cotonou, Benin’s economic capital, as he was trying to board a flight to Germany.

Nigeria - Source Africa CGTN

Nigeria – Source Africa CGTN

Yoruba Separatist Leader Sunday Igboho - Photo Sahara Reporters

Yoruba Separatist Leader Sunday Igboho – Photo Sahara Reporters

The Yoruba separatist leader was declared wanted a few weeks ago by Nigerian authorities.

Abuja has accused Igboho of reportedly stockpiling weapons in anticipation of declaring independence for a breakaway republic populated by the Yoruba people – one of Nigeria’s three main ethnic groups – based in the southwestern part of the country.

Supporters of the Yoruba Nation Show Support for Sunday Adeyemo - Photo Yahoo News

Supporters of the Yoruba Nation Show Support for Sunday Adeyemo – Photo Yahoo News

Rights activists have criticized the government of the Republic of Benin for what they call the rendition of Igboho to Nigeria – the country from which he had fled political persecution.

Nigeria's New Political Headaches Igboho (L) and Nnamdi Kanu - Photo The Nation Newspaper Kenya

Nigeria’s New Political Headaches Igboho (L) and Nnamdi Kanu – Photo The Nation Newspaper Kenya

Last June 29, Igboho called for two days of anti-government protests, leading to Nigerian armed and security forces raiding his home.

Igboho has denied accusations of inciting violence against Fulani herders in southern states with majority Yoruba people.

Separatists seeking an independent Yoruba State in southwestern Nigeria are a more recent phenomenon than the long-standing demands for an independent breakaway Republic of Biafra in the southeastern part of the country.

The Yoruba ethnic group is concentrated in the three West African nations of Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The pro-independence movement in Nigeria has no plans to unite Yorubas in the two other nations into one Yoruba nation.

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