Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho, has purportedly been diagnosed with a kidney and lung disease.
Igboho contracted the condition while imprisoned in the Benin Republic, according to one of his lawyers, Yomi Aliyyu, who revealed this in an interview with BBC Yoruba. The agitator, he claims, has become severely ill and has been taken to a hospital for treatment.
On July 1, 2021, Igboho’s residence in Ibadan was invaded by security agents. While Igboho was on the run, 12 of his assistants were apprehended and charged in court.
Igboho was later arrested with his wife in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on July 16, 2021, while attempting to fly to Germany, and has been detained since then.
During the interview, Aliyyu stated:
“Igboho was not diagnosed with this sickness before he was arrested in Cotonou. It was so critical that they had to rush him to the hospital.
“I can’t tell if he has been returned to the prison from the hospital but what I know is, he’s battling ill health and it seems his kidney and lungs are already being affected.55
Even though I cannot tell which part of his body the sickness has really affected, I know it has to do with his internal organs.”
The revelation was confirmed by sources in Ilana Omo Oodua, the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups.
“Yes, he is ill and his kidney appears affected. We are not very sure yet. Another test result is expected for confirmation. We are working on that and I can assure you that he is in safe hands,” one of the sources said.