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SUNDAY IGBOHO SAGA

By Oladeji Showunmi

There have been worries in some quarters whether Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known by Sunday Igboho will be extradited to Nigeria.

Extradition, in international law, is the process by which one state, upon the request of another, affects the return of a person for trial for a crime punishable by the laws of the requesting state and committed outside the state of refuge. Extraditable persons include those charged with a crime but not yet tried, those tried and convicted who have escaped custody, and those convicted in absentia. The request distinguishes extradition from other measures—such as banishment, expulsion, and deportation—which also result in the forcible removal of undesirable persons.

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Examining the meaning of extradition above what crime has Sunday Igboho commit for him to be extradited. According to the senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yomi Alliyu, says that the Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, and the Republic of Benin excludes political fugitives.

Sunday Igboho became a political refugee when he had to run to the Benin republic as a result of the invasion of his house by DSS which led to the death of two people and arrests of others in his house. 

Still, according to the SAN, the treaty also states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution, the host country should not release the fugitive.

“Now, Article 20 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which the four countries are signatories made agitation for self-determination a fundamental right to be protected by all countries. This made Chief Sunday Adeyemo a political offender who cannot be deported and/or extradited by the good people of the Republic of Benin for any reason,” Alliyu said.

Now for some reason, he has remained in Benin Republic incarceration. The reason is not entirely clear to the common man on the street. 

Is he a criminal? What crime has he committed and if he did commit crimes, what are these crimes, because all the reports in the news and social media are sketchy.

 And if there is no allegation of any crime against him, why can he be left alone to continue his journey?

These and many more questions beg for answers as Nigerians are watching what will be the end of the Igboho saga.

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