Nigeria separatist leader arrested in Benin

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Nigeria’s Yoruba separatist leader Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in neighbouring Benin, weeks after he was declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms.

Igboho was arrested by security forces at an airport in Benin’s capital Cotonou, on Monday night.

According to sources, Igboho was on his way to Germany and would now be repatriated on Tuesday.

Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) had earlier said it was in pursuit of Igboho after fleeing a raid on his residence in south-western Oyo state.

Nigeria’s security forces are yet to comment on the arrest.

On July 1, the DSS raised Igboho’s home, two days after the activist called for anti-government protests. The agency said it recovered a cache of arms from his house in the raid.

Igboho has been actively campaigning for the formation of an independent state of Yoruba in south-western Bigeria.

He has been accused of inciting violence against Fulani herders in southern states, an allegation he has denied.

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