Yomi Aliyu, the Lawyer of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, has explained how the activist was nabbed in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Aliyu gave the explanation while featuring in a radio talk programme on Rave FM, “Frank Talk.” He said Igboho’s brother who was travelling with him before he was arrested was the person that was bundled into the plane heading to Germany and not Sunday Igboho.
While talking about the activist was arrested, Aliyu said: “He was already on the plane with his wife and brother when someone pointed at him that he was wanted. Security operatives proceeded to force him out of the plane along with his wife and brother.
“As of today (Wednesday), Sunday Igboho is still in police detention in the Benin Republic, specifically in Cotonou.
“While they were fighting with the brother, he was bundled back into the plane heading to Germany; he was the one in Germany now, not Igboho.
“When Igboho was brought down with the wife and brother, a fracas ensued because he was to be flown to Nigeria by a standby helicopter.
“But the wife and the brother put up a fight and started shouting at the airport. This attracted some other Yoruba indigenes in Cotonou and they came to their rescue.”
Aliyu made it known he had been talking with Igboho, and added that he refused to travel to Benin Republic in a bid to avoid embarrassment.
He said: “My communication with him is indirect. We don’t want to create a situation where we now go to Cotonou and I will be embarrassed for some other things.
“We know who is heading the police, who is the High Commissioner in Cotonou. I can’t go to that area now. But I speak with him indirectly anytime I want to speak with him.
“I have been speaking with him through somebody that should know.
“I don’t belong to any group neither Afenifere nor Oodua Nation. I am directly appointed by Sunday not for any group, not for Oodua group, not for Afenifere or anybody.
“In fact, my own philosophy is different from their philosophy. But professionally, I am for Sunday and the rule of law, nothing political.”