Armed policemen, on Wednesday, in Ibadan, Oyo State, dispersed supporters of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, who protested the arrest of the Yoruba nation agitator by the International Police Organisation, popularly known as INTERPOL, in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The protesters, carrying placards with various inscriptions and chanting solidarity songs, demanded Igboho’s release as they marched towards the Soka Bus Stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The protesters, including men and women, also urged Yoruba leaders and the international community to fight to ensure Igboho’s release from detention in Benin Republic.
They also warned the Federal Government not to kill Igboho the way Chief MKO Abiola was allegedly killed over the June 12, 1993 presidential election he won.
The protesters caused traffic gridlock in the area, forcing motorists to take alternative routes to escape being trapped in the area.
The protest, it was learnt, started at about 1.50 pm.
A team of heavily armed policemen in about four patrol vehicles was said to have later stormed the area, firing gunshots into the air to scare the protesters.
When the protesters refused to budge, the policemen were said to have made physical efforts to disperse them, resulting in many of them fleeing in different directions.
Some of the protesters were said to have later regrouped and headed towards the Challenge Area of Ibadan.
As at 3:30pm, a team of armed policemen were seen standing guard in the area, taking strategic positions at the location.
The policemen also made efforts to clear the traffic gridlock caused by the protester, but after a while, they left the area.