September 20, 2021

Beninese court adjourns Igboho’s case as FG fails to file extradition charges

Hearing in the immigration-related case filed against Yoruba Nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, has been adjourned to Monday, July 26, the Nation has reported.

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.

Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, on Monday while trying to catch a flight to Germany.

The Media Communications Secretary of the Yoruba self-determination groups’ umbrella body, Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, confirmed on Friday in a statement that the case has been adjourned till Monday 26th July to allow the Federal Government of Nigeria bring up whatever evidence it may have against Igboho.

It said: “The lawyers handling the case reported after the proceedings that Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho 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 Igboho’s extradition to Nigeria.

“What the 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…”

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