Travel Agent Allegedly Lured Igboho, Wife Into Interpol’s Net At Cotonou Airport
A travel agent was allegedly used to lure Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho; and his wife, Ropo, into the net of International Criminal Police Organisation at Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic, it has emerged.
According to ThePunch, a top security source said Igboho and his wife initially escaped arrest and attempted to catch a fight to Germany but a travel agent was used to lure them back to the airport around 8pm on Monday.
The source said;
He (Igboho) was arrested in Cotonou on Monday night while he tried to travel. He was already at the airport with a passport. The immigration officers suspected the passport and so they stopped him. In the process, they discovered he was the one. He was able to escape in the course of discussion and we were grateful to God for that.
But the travel agent called back saying the matter had been resolved. But on going back, he was arrested. He was trying to travel to Germany when he was apprehended.
Also, another security source present in Cotonou told the publication that Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.), was instrumental in the arrest of the couple.
The source alleged that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote the government of Benin Republic and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho.
The informant further claimed that Buratai through the Nigerian Embassy in the small West African country, sent a secret letter to the Benin government to be on the lookout for Igboho.
It would be recalled that Department of State Services raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides and killed two of them in a gun duel.
The security operative declared Igboho wanted after accused him stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria, an allegation he denied.
Like southeast’s Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), some southwest groups are agitating for the secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria.
Since he came to the limelight after issuing a quit notice to Fulani herdsmen in Igangan, Oyo State, Igboho has been at the forefront of agitating for a ‘Yoruba Nation’.