Sunday Igboho returns to Nigeria for the first time since 2021 to attend his mother’s funeral

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Yoruba Nation advocate Sunday Adeyemo, popularly referred to as Sunday Igboho, has returned to Nigeria, as confirmed by his spokesperson, Olayomi Koiki, in an announcement on X along with a video featuring the activist.

According to Mr Koiki, Sunday Igboho is en route to Igboho Town to attend the final burial rites of his mother, Mrs S. A. Adeyemo, who passed away in July 2023.

“I can confirm that Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, is currently on his way to Igboho Town for the final burial of his mother, Mrs S. A. Adeyemo. The body of Mrs S. A. Adeyemo was retrieved from the mortuary in Saki Town just a few hours ago,” Koiki wrote.

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Sunday Igboho gained prominence for his advocacy to expel alleged killer herdsmen and kidnappers from the southwest region of Nigeria. He also urged Yoruba people residing in other parts of the country to return to their homeland.

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His confrontation with the Nigerian government escalated in March 2021 when he declared the sovereignty of the Yoruba Nation. Subsequently, Nigerian forces raided his residence in Ibadan in April, arresting some of his associates and accusing him of amassing weapons.

In an attempt to evade arrest, Igboho fled Nigeria and was later apprehended at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic, while attempting to travel to Germany.

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Despite efforts by the former administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari to repatriate him to Nigeria, Sunday Igboho revealed his legal freedom to depart from Cotonou in October 2023, after which he travelled to Germany.

Upon the passing of his mother, the activist expressed profound grief on social media, describing her demise as an unbearable loss.

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