Nigeria has asked the government of the Republic of Benin to further detain the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
Sunday Igboho was brought before a Beninese court where a three-point complaint was tabled.
A source who is deeply involved in the Yoruba Nation struggle, told HOMELAND NEWS that Mr. Igboho is accused of trafficking in arms and ammunition into Nigeria.
Those arms and ammunition are meant to cause violence in the country.
He is also accused of planning and engaging in acts intended to divide Nigeria.
The source says Nigerian government has not made a request for extradition of the agitator but has urged the court to further detain him.
The court is yet to make any order at the time of sending in this report but our source says the request for further detention may be to enable government finalise the extradition process.
Mr. Igboho was arrested in Cotonou, capital of the Republic of Benin on Monday, July 19, while making his way to Germany.
He was declared wanted by Nigeria’s Department of State Services after his residence in Soka area of Ibadan was raided.
Two persons were killed and 13 others arrested by the DSS.
DSS say assorted arms, ammunition and charms were recovered in the raid where Mr. Igboho’s passports were seized too.
Mr. Igboho has been in the news since December last year after he called out the Nigerian Security System complacency in tackling the menace of banditry.
A returnee medical doctor turned farmer, Fatai Aborede, was killed by suspected herdsmen in that incident in Igangan community in Oyo state.
Another invasion of the community by suspected Fulani herdsmen, leading to the killing of dozens not specified, and government’s perceived docility, sparked outrage among activists in the South West, prompting agitation for secession championed by Sunday Igboho.
The ongoing case in Cotonou is not a formal charge yet but government will likely apply all possible strategies to secure the return of Mr. Igboho to the country.