Facts have emerged on how a travel agent was used to lure Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho; and his wife, Ropo, into the net of the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
A top security source told The PUNCH that Igboho and his wife had initially escaped arrest but a travel agent was used to lure them back to the airport around 8pm. Igboho and his wife wanted to catch a flight to Germany when they were arrested.
The source said, “He (Igboho) was arrested in Cotonou on Monday night while he tried to travel. He was already at the airport with a passport. The immigration officers suspected the passport and so they stopped him. In the process, they discovered he was the one. He was able to escape in the course of discussion and we were grateful to God for that.
“But the travel agent called back saying the matter had been resolved. But on going back, he was arrested. He was trying to travel to Germany when he was apprehended.”
Also, another security source present in Cotonou told The PUNCH that Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.), was instrumental in the arrest of Igboho and his wife.
The source confided in The PUNCH that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote the government of the small West African country and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho.
The top security source in Benin Republic, who spoke to our correspondent, said that Buratai through the Nigerian Embassy in the small West African country, sent a secret letter to the Benin government to be on the lookout for Igboho.