Professor Banji Akintoye, one the South-Western Yoruba Nation leaders has reportedly fled Nigeria following a plot to arrest him by the Nigerian authorities. ayokinews.com reports
The Pan Yoruba leader was said to have fled Nigeria down to the Republic of Benin after he got to know about the plot to arrest him by the Nigerian authorities.
It should be recalled that operatives of the Department of States Services (DSS) had earlier in June stormed the Ibadan residence of popular Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo (aka) Sunday Igboho after which the latter fled to the Republic of Benin over the fear of his life.
Speaking to PUNCH, a source privy to the details, revealed that Prof Banji Akintoye, had fled Nigeria 3 months ago after the plot to arrest him by the Nigerian government leaked to him.
The source said, “It is true that the Federal Government wants to arrest him (Akintoye), they want to intimidate him and detain him.
“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.”