The Federal Government is plotting the arrest of the Yoruba Nation chief agitator, Professor Banjo Akintoye.
According to ThePUNCH, it was reliably gathered that the professor of history has since left Nigeria for neighbouring Benin Republic to escape arrest.
A top source who confided in the PUNCH said the Octogenarian scholar left Nigeria to the French-speaking West African country three months ago because “he needed to be faster than his enemies.”
It was gathered that security forces had plotted Akintoye’s arrest before the invasion of Sunday Igboho’s house in Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
“There were plans to pick him up and intimidate him and put him behind bars in an attempt to kill the struggle but the plot was uncovered and he left. He didn’t step out of Nigeria for more than five years before he left some three months back when the plot to arrest him was uncovered.”
“But what has Baba done if not only that he is agitating for Yoruba Nation? He is agitating for the sovereignty of Yoruba Nation which is a fundamental human right. They want to charge him for treason. But it is not a crime to ask for self-determination or dissolution of a country.”
“Baba is not hiding; he left Nigeria for Republic of Benin months back. He is not hiding, but you need to be faster than your enemies,” the source added.
Recall that Igboho who is now seeking asylum in Benin Republic was arrested with his German based wife, Ropo, in Cotonou when they were trying to flee to Germany.
Allegations bordering on stockpiling of arms, inciting violence and intent to cause social unrest in Benin are being faced by the 48-year-old agitator.
Though currently in detention, the court granted Igboho access to medical care as his lawyers continue to battle for his release and kick against his extradition to Nigeria.