Benin Court Gives Update After Sunday Igboho Appeared In Court Today
The Cour De’appal De Cotonou on Friday adjourned the case of Yoruba agitator, Sunday Igboho to Monday.
Recall that the hearing had been on Thursday when he faced a charge of using a forged Beninese passport.
The latest adjournment was confirmed by the Media Communications Secretary of the Yoruba self-determination groups’ umbrella body Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO) Mr. Maxwell Adeleye in a statement.
He said the adjournment was to enable the Buhari Government bring up whatever evidence it has to justify Igboho’s extradition to Nigeria.
Adeleye said: “The Lawyers handling the case reported after the proceedings that Chief Sunday Adeyemo lgboho cannot be extradited to Nigeria for two principal reasons:
The first is that Nigeria and Benin have no Extradition Agreement
Second, Nigeria has not been able to come up with charges that could lead the court to order lgboho’s extradition to Nigeria.”
“What Nigerian Government came up with were mere allegations against Ighoho such as trafficking in arms and inciting violence that could result in the social disturbance without evidence,” Maxwell said
The Court on Thursday evening ordered that Igboho be remanded in the custody of Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou pending the submission of charges by the Nigerian Government.
The court also ordered that Igboho’s wife, Ropo Adeyemo be freed.
Both were bound for Germany on Monday, when they were arrested at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou.
Igboho had been declared wanted by Nigeria’s DSS, after an assault on his Ibadan home.
The DSS officials killed two persons and arrested 13 others, including a woman.
They also destroyed furniture and vehicles found in Igboho’s house.
They claimed too that they found ten guns in the house, saying that Igboho must be planning a war against the central government.
Update on Sunday Igboho in Repiublic of Benin by Maxwell Adeleye. (ILANA OMO OODUA).
Yesterday, the court set Mrs. Adeyemo, lgboho’s wife free since it has been found that she has committed no offence and there’s no complain whatsoever against her. Consequently, her German passport was returned to her.
The Lawyers handling the case reported after the proceedings that Chief Sunday Adeyemo lgboho cannot be extradited to Nigeria for two principal reasons:
1. That contrary to insinuations, Nigeria and Benin have no Extradition Agreement.
2. That Nigeria has not been able to come up with charges that could lead the court to order lgboho’s extradition to Nigeria.
What Nigerian Government came up with were mere allegations against Ighoho such as trafficking in arms and inciting violence that could result in the social disturbance without evidence which the Government of Benin Republic considered spurious and untenable, and insufficient to warrant extradition.
Lastly, the case has been adjourned till Monday 26th July to allow the Nigerian Government bring up whatever evidence they may have, and Mr. lgboho has been taken back to the police custody.
Ilana Omo Oodua
Friday 23rd July, 2021