JUST IN: Pelumi Olajengbesi withdraws from Sunday Igboho’s case


Popular Abuja-based lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi has withdrawn from case of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho.

Olajengbesi, who is the managing partner of Law Corridor, in a statement on his Facebook page said he won’t be representing Igboho or any of the Yoruba Nation agitators henceforth.

His action may not be unconnected to his reaction to the statement credited to the leader of Yoruba World Congress, Professor Banji Akintoye who said elections in Osun and Ekiti States will not hold if Yoruba Nation is not actualized.

Olajengbesi’s statement partly reads, “As a firm, we are satisfied with our little best in contributing to providing legal solutions and representations to Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) and associated Yoruba Nation Agitators as far as ensuring the protection and enforcement of their rights in this matter. We were able to secure the release of twelve (12) persons brutally and unlawfully arrested by the reckless State Security Service (SSS), and also secured the release of an innocent herbalist equally unlawfully arrested and detained by the SSS. We have two persons with on-going terrorism trials at the Federal High Court and our firm will dutifully continue and close the trial having commenced their matter.

“While thanking everyone, particularly Chief Yomi Aliyu SAN for the opportunity, and freehand service, Dr. OLASUPO Ojo for his fair leadership and Chief Femi Falana for allowing his industry to be tapped and for the moral support, I most respectfully wish to now step aside.

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“I have stated ab initio that the scope of my work will only be within the purview of my professional duty as a lawyer to Sunday Igboho and his aides . I am a strong believer in constitutional democracy, civil liberty and human rights which includes the right to self-determination but I am not a Yoruba nation agitator nor a member of any like organization. My reaction to Prof. Akintoye was not to undermine the Yoruba struggle but is based off my personal convictions which I am entitled to. I do hope my friends in the struggle will allow me enjoy the benefit of my right to such a choice as a person of thought and conscience.”

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