The court hearing of Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho who was arrested at Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on Monday Night following his apprehension on his way to board a flight for Germany, was held on Thursday at the Cour De’appal De Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Igboho appeared before the court on immigration-related charges. The hearing lasted for over six hours, beginning at 10am and ending around the time of 8pm with breaks in-between.
The release of Igboho’s wife Ropo was ordered after three hearings, but on the case of the activist himself the court did not grant bail.
The hearing was adjourned till Friday, but it appears it might not hold and may be adjourned to a future date.
Meanwhile, alarm runs across supporters of Sunday Igboho and the Yoruba Nation agitators as petitions to extradite Igboho to the DSS headquarters in Abuja by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic, and the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.) have emerged.
This is refuted by Igboho’s lawyer, Yomi Aliyyu (SAN) who sites the 1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin and two other political refugees as reason against the unlawful . It was reported that the federal government had first tried for his extradition on Wednesday, but were met with opposition from Benin who stated that they would not take part in any undue process.
Supporters have taken to protest at the court premises in T-shirts with “Yoruba Nation Now” and such slogans inscribed on their T-shirts.
The Yoruba Nation activists in Cotonou called on the republic of Benin to remain steadfast in their decision against Igboho’s extradition and to refrain from caving to the pressure exerted by the regime of President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), whose goal is to crush the Yoruba Nation Agitation and its spearhead Sunday Igboho.
Mr Olorunwa Adekoya, an active supported said in a message directed to the government of Benin republic and the people of Nigeria, “I am in Benin where Chief Sunday Igboho is detained. I saw him this morning and we spoke. I was not given enough time to speak with but he assured me that he is fine and there is no problem. His lawyers are with him presently. The law here is different from that of Nigeria where there could be miscarriage of justice. Igboho is not a terrorist. He is not a murderer or a kidnapper or a rapist. There was no case of murder at any of our rallies back in Nigeria. We appeal to the Beninise Government not to release him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“I urge all Christians, Muslims, and traditional worshippers to pray for Igboho. The attainment of Yoruba Nation will benefit Benin Republic a lot because Nigeria has foisted difficulty on Benin Republic by blocking the borders between Nigeria and Benin Republic, thereby stalling regional trade activities along the axis.”
A member of Igboho’s legal team, Pelumi Olajengbesi, had this to say when contacted on the chances of receiving bail “We are hopeful”; as he believes the republic of Benin to be a country that respects due process.