The authorities of Benin republic have given a new update about the detention of the embattled Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
According to his counsel, Chief Yomi Aliyyu, Igboho’s detention in the prison of Benin republic has been extended by six months, The PUNCH reports.
It would be recalled that the human rights lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi had claimed that Igboho will soon be released from detention by Benin Republic authorities.
Olajengbesi who resigned from the team of Nigerian lawyers representing Igboho said: “Chief Sunday Igboho will be out very soon and there will be massive jubilation across the entire Yoruba land.
“He is no doubt a courageous MAN. “This is very authoritative just that our Yoruba leaders should stop being selfish and allow good to prevail.”
However, contrary to this claim, his lead counsel, Chief Yomi Aliyu said the Benin Republic has extended Igboho’s detention despite the fact that he faced no criminal charges and the Nigerian government made no extradition request.
Aliyyu was quoted to have said Benin Republic renewed Ignoho’s incarceration despite that there was no criminal charge against him and no extradition request from the Nigerian Government.
He said, “Contrary to what was speculated in the news by a lawyer, the government of the Republic de Benin has renewed the incarceration of Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa for another six months even though there is no criminal charge in their file in Cotonou and without extradition request from Nigeria.”
Asked if his client would take any step to challenge the extension of his detention, Aliyyu said he would approach the court of the Economic Community of West African States.
“We will approach the ECOWAS Court which they never obeyed,” he added.
DAILY GIST recalls that Igboho was arrested in Benin republic with his wife, Ropo while attempting to flee to Germany after a raid on his Ibadan, Oyo State, residence by the Department of State Service (DSS) for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied
His wife however was later released.
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