Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho, has been transported to a Benin Republic hospital after reportedly being diagnosed with possible renal or lungs illness.
One of Igboho’s lawyers, Yomi Alliyu, made this statement during an interview with BBC Yoruba, where he highlighted that the rights activist contracted the sickness while in Benin Republic prison custody.
Alliyu verified that Sunday Igboho had also been gravely ill and transported to the hospital for treatment.
The lawyer raised an alarm that Igboho needed immediate medical attention, adding,
“Igboho was not diagnosed with this sickness before he was arrested in Cotonou. It was so critical that they had to rush him to the hospital.
“I can’t tell if he has been returned to the prison from the hospital, but what I know is, he’s battling ill health, and it seems his kidney and lungs are already being affected.
When contacted, the spokesperson for Ilana Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, said, “Expect our reaction soon. But the government should be warned that nothing must happen to Igboho.”
There has been a long-running conflict between the federal government and detainee Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held in the Benin Republic.
A raid by the Nigerian Department of State Security (DSS) on July 1, 2021, at 1:30 am led to the arrest of 12 Igboho’s associates, with two deaths reported, but Igboho was able to flee.
On July 16, 2021, Igboho and his wife were detained in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on their way to Germany. He has been detained ever since.
To make restitution for the damage to his home and vehicles, Igboho sued the Federal Government and sought N500 million in special damages, asking the court to order the respondents to compensate him jointly. In addition, he sought N500 billion in damages for the malicious invasion of his home, which he claimed violated his fundamental rights and caused him exemplary and aggravating damage.
He requested an order mandating the Federal Government and others to issue a formal apology in two national dailies.
Igboho applied to enforce his fundamental human rights under Sections 33-46 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and pertinent elements of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu.
The Attorney General of the Federation, the State Security Service, and the Director of the SSS were named as respondents in the application filed on July 22 before the Ibadan Division of the Oyo State High Court.
A court order for the respondents to return all things confiscated from the premises was also sought by Igboho.
According to him, the items seized by the SSS included N2 million in cash and a thousand Euros in banknotes and travel documents such as international passports belonging to him and his family members, gold jewelry and wristwatches, and two mobile phones.