The self-styled leader of Yoruba secessionist agitators, Sunday Igboho, has reportedly been rushed to the hospital for treatment.
One of his lawyers, Yomi Aliyyu, who disclosed the development in an interview with BBC Yoruba, said Igboho was rushed to the hospital for treatment having fallen ill in prison in the Benin Republic.
Igboho is currently in a detention facility in the Benin Republic after he was arrested along with his wife in Cotonou, on July 16, 2021, on their way to Germany.
While his wife has since been released, Igboho remains remanded in prison,
His lawyer said, “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.”
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.”