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‘NO EXTRADITION AGREEMENT BETWEEN NIGERIA AND BENIN REPUBLIC,’ LAWYERS REVEAL COURT HEARING DETAILS

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NO EXTRADITION AGREEMENT BETWEEN NIGERIA AND BENIN REPUBLIC

By Oladeji Showunmi

The Nigerian government has not filed any charges that could lead to the extradition of Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, who is currently detained in Benin Republic.
Sunday Igboho’s lawyers made this known after the Yoruba rights activist appeared at the Cour D’Appel De Cotonou on Thursday.

Contrary to rumors, the hearing revealed that there was no extradition agreement between Nigeria and the Benin Republic, according to Igboho’s lawyers.

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According to a statement issued by Communications Manager, Ilana Omo Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, the case has been adjourned until Monday.
The statement was titled, ‘Update on Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho’s case in the Benin Republic.’
The lawyer also revealed that the case was adjourned to give Nigeria more time to present evidence against the rights activist.

An earlier report stated that the Court D’Appel De Cotonou, Benin Republic, had ordered the release of Ropo, Igboho’s wife.
After the hearing, the government lawyer did not address the media, and one of gbho’s lawyers, Yomi Aliyu (SAN), stated that “this is not the best time to say anything on the case.”
However, following the hearing, Igboho was returned to the custody of the Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

“Contrary to popular belief, Nigeria and Benin do not have an Extradition Treaty. That Nigeria has failed to present charges that would compel the court to order lgboho’s extradition to Nigeria. What the Nigerian government produced were mere allegations against Ighoho, such as trafficking in arms and inciting violence that could cause social unrest, without evidence, which the Government of Benin Republic considered spurious and untenable, and insufficient to warrant extradition.

“Finally, the case has been adjourned until Monday, July 26th, to allow the Nigerian Government to present any evidence they may have, and Mr. lgboho has been returned to police custody.”
According to reports, the DSS attempted to arrest Igboho on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on February 26, 2021, while the activist and his supporters were on their way to meet with the 93-year-old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, but pandemonium broke out and the DSS was unable to arrest him.
However, on July 1, 2021, the secret police raided Igboho’s residence in Ibadan’s Soka neighborhood, arresting at least 12 of his associates and killing two others.

Igboho escaped the raid, and the secret police later declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling weapons to destabilize Nigeria under the guise of the Yoruba nation agitation, but Igboho denied the charge.
The activist, who went underground, was apprehended by Interpol on Monday night at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
According to the report, many supporters of Sunday Igboho were present at the court to witness the hearing.

Some supporters, who had no idea when the Yoruba rights activist would arrive in court, rushed in to see him.
They were, however, distributed when the court proceedings began.

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