The umbrella body of the Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, has assured Yoruba Nation agitators that good news will soon be announced on issues concerning the detention of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho in Benin Republic.

According to the group, there are efforts being facilitated that would make the activist regain freedom.

The spokesperson for the group, Maxwell Adeleye, in an interview with The Punch on Monday, explained that Igboho was not abandoned.

He also asked Yoruba people to be confident, saying that a favourable outcome should be expected.

When asked about an update on the detention of Igboho in Benin Republic, he said, “Expect good news soon. Yes, expect good news very soon.”

The Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, home of the pro-Yoruba self-determination activist was invaded by men from DSS about 1:30 am on July 1, 2021, resulting to the arrest of 12 of his personal assistants, while Igboho managed to escape arrest.

The 48-year-old activist was arrested by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin alongside his wife Ropo, on their way to Germany.

His wife has been released but Igboho is currently in a detention facility in Benin Republic.

Recently, Igboho asked his supporters not to stage demonstrations in his name “for the time being."

While awaiting to be freed in Benin Republic, Justice Ladiran Akintola of Oyo State High Court had declared the raid conducted by the Department of State Service on the residence of Igboho, in Ibadan as illegal.

The court also ordered DSS to pay N20 billion to Igboho as exemplary and aggravated damages.

Akintola described DSS’ action as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” against Igboho.

Following the raid, Igboho sued the Federal Government and demanded damages.

Igboho asked the court to order the respondents to jointly pay him the sum ₦500 million as special damages for the damage done to his house and his car and another ₦500 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages for beaching his fundamental rights with the malicious invasion of his house as well as an order directing the Federal Government and the other respondents to tender a public apology in two national dailies.

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