‘It’s Good,’– Igboho’s Lawyer Reacts To Malami’s Suggestion Of Dialogue With Separatists
A Senior Advocate of NIgeria, Chief Yomi Aliyyu (SAN), who is the lead counsel for Sunday Igboho, has called on the Federal Government to instruct Benin Republic to release his client from its custody so that he can embark on his trip to Germany for medical treatment.
The counsel, who said he had the mandate of his client, Igboho, said in a statement on Friday that it’s good the Federal Government had realised that no force can stop self-determination agitation except referendum or fair treatment of all.
Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested by security agents at the airport in Cotonou on July 19 on his way to Germany. His wife has seen been released but the Yoruba Nation activist has been in detention since then.
He was said to have developed kidney problem in detention .
But while reacting to the position of the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN), of possible political solution to the matter, Igboho’s counsel welcomed the development.
The statement read, “We have the consent of Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Igboho Oosa to react to the olive branch extended to him by the Hon Attorney General of the Federation in
what we regard as kite flying strategy at Arise TV as reported by all the dailies on
10th November, 2021.
” Our client, as a peace loving person is glad that the Federal Government has
allowed reasons to prevail in realising that no force on earth can subdue the mantra
of self determination by an indigenous people save referendum and/or sense of
belonging and fair treatment of all tribes in accordance with the rule of law.
“Intimidation by imprisonment of our client in foreign land, that is generally regarded as the 37th State of Nigeria, cannot help the situation but respect for the
rule of law as espoused in the #20.5 billion judgment in favour of our client.
imprisonment is making him more resolute in seeking self determination for his
Yoruba indigenous tribe. Hence as a mark of good faith, Nigeria should start with
instructing its “vassal” state to release our client and allow him to embark on his
medical trip to Germany.
” Republic of Benin has not been able to charge our client
for any criminal offence for the over three months that they hold him illegally in their
prison in Cotonou. We have his mandate to enter into any binding agreement on
his behalf that will also be acceptable to his Oodua Nation Group.”
He expressed gratitude to his supporters and the Ilana Omo Oodua led by Prof. Banji Akintoye, for their support and urge them to continue to be law abiding.