High ranking diplomatic circles claim that former president Obasanjo travelled to Zanzibar, an island in Tanzania on August 1 and rerouted to the Francophone country where he allegedly met with the country’s president, Patrice Talon over Sunday Igboho’s trial.
He was said to have travelled to Benin Republic on the guise of condoling with Nicephore Soglo who recently lost his wife – Roseline Soglo. Mrs Soglo died in Cotonou on July 25 at the age of 87.
Soglo was president of Benin Republic from 1991 to 1996.
Another source who was also privy to Obasanjo’s trip said; “He also met with Patrice Talon. The purpose of the meeting was to seek soft-landing for Sunday Igboho. He’s asking the Beninese authorities to grant the separatist leader asylum, and not to return him to Nigeria.
“The former president intervened on the request of some South-West leaders.”
Realtime.ng had reported how police in Republic of Benin arrested Igboho at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, while trying to fly from the country to Germany.