Jul 26, 2021

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Nigerian Yoruba separatist arrested in Benin

A separatist activist wanted by Nigeria was arrested at the airport in Benin’s capital, Cotonou, police and airport sources told AFP.

Sunday Igboho, who campaigns for the independence of the southwestern Yoruba people and was from Nigeria Searched internationally since the beginning of July, “will be extradited to Nigeria as soon as the two countries have agreed on the terms,” ​​said a high-ranking police officer from Benin and a second confirmed the arrest on Monday evening.

A source on Cotonou Airport said a wanted Nigerian was arrested and deported from a flight to Germany.

The Nigerian authorities did not respond immediately when contacted by AFP.

Security officials fought one Gun fights lasted for hours during a raid on Igboho’s home in early July, he later said he had escaped, but they found military and other weapons and arrested 12 men and one woman .

Police said at the time the findings were “confirmation of a grand plan by Igboho and his cohorts to wage a violent uprising against the Nigerian state”.

Less than A week earlier, Biafran separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu had been arrested and brought back to Nigeria after four years on the run.

Kanu heads the Biafran Forbidden Indigenous People (IPOB), who are in favor of a separate Biafran State campaigns for ethnic Igbos in southeastern Nigeria.

While the Nigerian authorities have not explained how he was arrested, his wife told AFP that he was on a business trip to Kenya.

Kanu’s trial for “terrorism” is scheduled for later this month.

Biafra was the scene of a bloody civil war from 1967 to 1970.

Nigeria, a country of 210 million people, is frequent shaken along ethnic fault lines.