Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has dispatched a delegation to Cotonou, Republic of Benin, to observe court proceedings in the case involving Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
Director of Media and Publicity to the Olubadan, Alade Oloko, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan.
Oloko quoted the royal father as stating this in his palace while exchanging views with leaders of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), led by the President-General, Yemisi Adeaga.
The Oba, who did not disclose the identity of members of the delegation, said that they would be in court in Cotonou on Monday to observe Igboho’s trial.
He said that the step taken had become necessary in order to assure those who had been besieging his palace, including protesters, that he was not folding his arms over the travails of Igboho and his aides.
“Sunday Igboho lives in Ibadan, got married in Ibadan, reared his children in Ibadan, built houses in Ibadan and, as such, he has the rights to be protected by Ibadan traditional institution within the ambit of the law, just like any other resident of the city,” he said.
He added that he would not allow the “repeat performance of Yoruba-Fulani coalition of 1814”.
“Students of Nigeria history may wish to be reminded that when some people during the period under reference chose to engage in territorial expansion to the sea, it took the Ibadan army under Balogun Oderinlo to repel the attack and stop the incursion near Osogbo,” urging people to remain calm and be law- abiding, stressing that truth would prevail.