Yomi Alliyu, lawyer to Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho), has again pleaded with the government of Benin Republic to immediately release the activist for urgent medical attention overseas.
While speaking with BBC Yoruba, Alliyu said the Beninese government needed to allow the activist to seek medical treatment due to ill health.
According to the lawyer, the sickness started when the Department of State Services invaded Igboho’s house in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
He said, “Igboho was not diagnosed with this sickness before he was arrested in Cotonou. It was so serious 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.”
Alliyu said the sickness started after operatives of the Department of State Services invaded Igboho’s house and while the activist was trying to escape the raid.
Meanwhile, Igboho’s lawyer in the Benin Republic, Ibrahim Salami, confirmed Igboho got injured during the DSS raid.
Salami said: “Sunday Igboho is not sick, however, he got injured during the DSS raid on his house on July 1, 2021.
“Since then, he has not been given adequate medical attention, his health has since deteriorated and that was why he asked that he should be taken overseas for medical checkup.” He said.
Recall that Olayomi Koiki, Igboho’s spokesperson had said his principal was in urgent need of medical attention.