Sunday Igboho rushed to Benin Republic hospital

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Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, has been rushed to a hospital in Benin Republic on the suspicion of kidney and lungs ailment, one of his lawyers, Yomi Aliyyu, said today.

Aliyyu told BBC Yoruba in an interview that Sunday Igboho possibly developed the illness in prison custody.

The agitator has been in detention in the French-speaking country since his arrest in Cotonou on July 16, 2021.

He was about to board a flight with his wife to Germany when he was arrested.

While the reasons for his continued detention remain unclear, the Department of State Services (DSS) in Nigeria had declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms and ammunition after a raid on his Ibadan residence on July 1.

Aliyyu said Sunday Igboho had been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment after falling critically ill.

“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,” he said.

Sunday Igboho was in September awarded N20 billion as damages by Oyo State High Court over the invasion of his residence by the DSS.

Some of the items he alleged were taken during the raid include N2 million cash, one thousand Euros, travel documents including international passports belonging to him and his family members, gold jewellery and wristwatches, two mobile phones, among others.

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