Igboho developed kidney problem in Benin prison –Lawyer

Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, has reportedly been diagnosed with possible kidney illness.

One of his lawyers, Yomi Aliyyu, made this known in an interview with BBC Yoruba, noting that the rights activist developed the illness in Benin Republic prison custody.

According to him, the agitator has also been critically ill and rushed to hospital for treatment.

The PUNCH had reported that Igboho is currently in a detention facility in Benin Republic.

Recall that the Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State home of the pro-Yoruba self-determination activist was invaded by men from the Department of State Services around 1.30am on July 1, 2021, leading to the arrest of 12 of his aides, while Igboho escaped arrest.

Igboho was later arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on July 16, 2021, while travelling to Germany with his wife and had been in detention in tat country.

Aliyyu on Wednesday said Igboho needed urgent 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 hospital.

“He is battling ill health and it seems his kidney and lungs are already affected.”

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

“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,” one of the sources said.

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.”

Following the raid of his house, Igboho sued the Federal Government and court awarded N20bn against DSS for the “illegal” invasion of Igboho’s home in Ibadan on July 1.

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