It was reliably gathered that the octogenarian professor of history has since left Nigeria for neighbouring Benin Republic to escape the plot for his arrest.
The Federal Government is plotting the arrest of the Yoruba Nation arrowhead, Prof Banji Akintoye, as it was gathered.
The regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has in recent months turned maddening heat on separatists.

Akintoye, the leader of the umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination group known as Ilana Omo Oodua and Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho are the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, have been seen together at press conferences and rallies championing the cause to secede from the Nigerian state and establish a Yoruba Nation.
Prior to the raid of Igboho’s residence in the Soka area, Ibadan, Oyo State, a top source privy to the matter confided in our correspondent that security forces have plotted Akintoye’s arrest.
However, three months earlier to the incident, the source said the 86-year-old scholar left Nigeria to the French-speaking West African country because he needed to be “faster than his enemies.”

The Department of State Services (DSS) raided Igboho’s residence around 1am on July 1, 2021 before he was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic on July 19, 2021 whereby it was confirm by the the secret police that two was killed of his associates and arrested about 12 others during the bloody raid.
Igboho was subsequently declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria under the pretext of Yoruba Nation, who narrowly escaped the bloody raid by which he denied the allegation.

Luck ran out on him after he found his way to Benin Republic after about three weeks in hiding in Nigeria, he was arrested around 8pm on July 19, 2021 by the Interpol at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou.
Chief Sunday Adeyemo was arrested with his wife, Ropo, when he tried boarding a flight to Germany after the Nigerian government notified Interpol in accordance of the Federal Government who has notified its West African neighbours — including Republic of Benin- that he should be captured.
The Cour De’appal De Cotonou ordered the release of the Germany-based wife of the activist, saying there were no allegations against her.

Igboho was ordered that he should be kept in prison custody in the country by the Beninese court while further investigations would be carried out on the case against him.
Igboho, who is now seeking asylum in Benin Republic, is facing allegations bordering on trafficking in arms, inciting violence and causing disunity in Nigeria.
Some of the other offences said to have been committed by the activist bordered on entering the Benin Republic illegally and alleged planned intent to cause social unrest in the Republic of Benin.

The court granted the 48-year-old agitator access to medical care while his lawyers continue to battle for his release and kick against his extradition to Nigeria even though he is currently in detention.

A top source close to Akintoye said the professor left Nigeria “about three months before Igboho was arrested.”
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, said, “It is true that the Federal Government wants to arrest him (Akintoye), they want to intimidate him and detain him.
“There were plans to pick him up and intimidate him and put him behind bars in an attempt to kill the struggle but the plot was uncovered and he left. He didn’t step out of Nigeria for more than five years before he left some three months back when the plot to arrest him was uncovered.

“But what has Baba done if not only that he is agitating for Yoruba Nation? He is agitating for the sovereignty of Yoruba Nation which is a fundamental human right. They want to charge him for treason. But it is not a crime to ask for self-determination or dissolution of a country.”

On whether Akintoye has met with Igboho in detention, the source simply said, “He has been coordinating the struggle from the Republic of Benin.”

Communications Manager of the Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Maxwell Adeleye, was contacted and he declined immediate comments on the matter. “I will get back to you,” .
The DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, neither took his calls nor responded to a text message seeking confirmation on the matter.

Meanwhile, it was gathered reliably that Nigerian ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, met with the President of the Republic of Benin, Patrice Talon, in the first week of August.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have travelled to Zanzibar, Tanzania, last week but left for Benin Republic during the week.

A top source in the Republic of Benin confirmed that Obasanjo was in Porto Novo, the capital of the Francophone country during the week.



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