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Sunday Igboho found with kidney disease in Beninese prison -Lawyer

Sunday Igboho found with kidney disease in Beninese prison -Lawyer


Sunday Igboho, agitator for Yoruba Nation, being held in Benin Republic, may have been diagnosed with possible kidney or lung disease.

One of Igboho’s counsels, Yomi Aliyyu, who made the disclosure in a BBC Yoruba interview, said Igboho developed the illness in Benin Republic prison custody. He said the agitator has also been critically ill and rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Aliyyu said during the interview;

“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.

“Even though I cannot tell which part of his body the sickness has really affected, I know it has to do with his internal organs.”

Ilana Omo Oodua, the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, confirmed the development.

A source in the group said; “Yes, he is ill and his kidney appears affected. We are not very sure yet. Another test result is expected for confirmation. We are working on that and I can assure you that he is in safe hands,”

Recall that Igboho’s home in Ibadan was raided by security agents on July 1, 2021. While Igboho escaped, 12 of his aides were arrested and later arraigned in court.

Igboho was later arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on July 16, 2021, with his wife, while attempting to travel to Germany and has since then been in detention.


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