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Igboho Weeps In Police Custody, Chained Like An Animal In Cotonou, May Appear In Court Today — Lawyer

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Following the arrest of Chief Sunday Adeyemo (a.k.a Sunday Igboho) on Monday, his legal representative, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), has alleged that his client is facing inhumane treatment as well as harrowing torture and pains in police custody in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

According to him, Igboho is allegedly being treated less than an animal in police custody based on what he termed “order from above,” and he would appear before a court tomorrow, for an extradition order.

He alleged further that he has information from a police source that Igboho has been put in a painful condition and subjected to torture as his legs and hands were allegedly tied like an animal.

“Just about three minutes ago, I got a call from a reliable source from the authorities in the Republic of Benin that Sunday Igboho has been put in a very dehumanizing condition in a police cell in Cotonou.

“The police source told me that they are under instruction by an order from the above that Igboho should be chained like an animal waiting to be slaughtered. He told me that Igboho was tightly chained to the floor and he is in serious pain.

“While I was talking to the police officer on the telephone, I can hear our client crying and asking that the chains should be removed and that he is in pain. But the officer told him that they cannot remove the chains as they are acting on instruction,” he said.

Alliyu insisted that the extradition order being sought by the Nigerian authorities may not likely sail through, given the status of Igboho as a political offender.

“I know that our client, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), would be taken to a court in Cotonou, the capital of the Republic of Benin, tomorrow, Wednesday.

“The Nigerian authorities and security operatives that arrested him would be approaching the court for an extradition order to bring Sunday Igboho back to Nigeria.

“But it is not likely that the extradition order being sought for would sail through. This is because of the status of our client as a political offender who enjoys immunity against extradition. Like I said in a press release earlier today, even his arrest by security operatives was against the political nature of his offense.

“There is an existing extradition treaty between four West African countries, including Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, and Republic, which grants Igboho immunity from being extradited from the Republic of Benin.

“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. It 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.

“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,” he said.

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BREAKING: Cotonou Court Sends Sunday Igboho Back To Prison After 13 Hours Trial

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Cour De’Appel De Cotonou has returned Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to police custody pending further investigation.

The activist was returned to cell after a 13-hour hearing, which ended around 11:20 pm on Monday.

The case was heard behind closed doors as the court limited attendance to lawyers, Igboho’s wife, Ropo, and a few others.

According to The Cable, Igboho would not be set free. “The problem is with the extradition, and there is a lot of politics going on”.

This means no immediate extradition for the Yoruba youth leader, who has been declared wanted by the government of Nigeria.

It is however unclear if a political solution will be reached between both states or not.

Journalists, monarchs, and supporters who came to court for the case were barred from witnessing his hearing.

They then hung around the court premises until about 7 pm when armed security operatives came to court to eject anyone who was not a person of interest.

Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested at an airport in Cotonou last week and detained at the request of the Nigerian government.

His lawyers requested the release of his wife on the grounds that she had committed no offense against the Nigerian state.

On Thursday, the court answered the prayers and ordered her release and a return of her passport.

Igboho was taken to detention, where he has been up until Monday.

The charges against the Yoruba Nation activist border on arms smuggling, inciting violence, and calling for a secession of the Yoruba from the Nigerian state.

Igboho and his lawyers have denied all allegations leveled against him.

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Sunday Igboho’s Trial Resumes Behind Closed Doors In Cotonou

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Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, is currently being tried behind closed doors at the Cour D’Appel De Cotonou.

Journalists and his supporters were barred from the court proceeding.

However, his supporters said they were not harassed nor sent out of the court premises.

The Beninese court had last Thursday adjourned Igboho’s case till Monday after his five lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.

The Beninese authorities have, however, released Ropo, the agitator’s wife, who was arrested with the 48-year-old activist on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany.

On his part, Igboho was returned to police custody.

Igboho is in court for possible extradition charges.

Many supporters of Yoruba Nation agitator had thronged the court on Monday to witness the trial of the activist.

This is despite earlier warnings that Benin Republic courts are not used to large crowds during sittings.

Some of the supporters had arrived in the Benin Republic on Sunday with a Yoruba group offering free accommodation.

It was gathered that the Federal Government would be presenting extradition charges against the Yoruba rights activist today.

According to reports, the Nigerian government would possibly be presenting a piece of video evidence.

Ibrahim Salami, one of the Cotonou, Benin Republic-based lawyers of Sunday Igboho had said on Saturday said that extradition charges were been expected from the Nigerian government.

The counsel insisted that only a Nigerian passport was found on the Yoruba rights activist, adding that he was not being tried for possessing a fake passport.

Following the bloody raid on his Sooka residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, the Department of State Services had earlier claimed local and international driving licenses in his name. ATM cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name, and a passport were allegedly recovered.

The lawyer had said, “When he left Nigeria, he took the backdoor into Benin. It was at the airport that security operatives stopped him that he was on the watchlist. He didn’t go against any law in Benin Republic. They didn’t find any Beninese passport on him. He had a Nigerian passport with a German residency card. He needed no visa at that point.

“When we understudied the case, we realized that the Nigerian government had not filed a case for extradition. They only claimed that he is wanted in Nigeria for criminal offenses. Our argument is that he was arrested because of Nigeria’s request, and there is no proof to show that he is a criminal.”

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Yoruba Nation Rally: Police Charge Ogboni Chief For The Murder Of Ojota Pure Water Seller

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One of the 48 Yoruba Nation protesters arrested by the police, Tajudeen Bakare, has been charged for the murder of a sachet water seller, Jumoke Oyeleke.

The sachet water seller reportedly died from a stray bullet during the Yoruba self-determination protest held on July 3 in Ojota, Lagos.

The 48 protesters who were arrested on the same day were charged before a Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.

This is according to a statement signed by the Communications Manager, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Maxwell Adeleye.

The statement read, “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has charged the 48 Yoruba Nation Protesters arrested on Saturday 3rd July 2021 in Ojota, Lagos before a Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba.

“They were charged for Unlawful Assembly, Unlawful Society and Conducts likely to cause a breach of Public Peace.

“However, one of the arrested protesters, Tajudeen Bakare (the popular Ogboni Chief) was charged by the Police for the murder of a Sachet Water Hawker, Jumoke Oyeleke, killed by a stray bullet during the protest.

“The bail granted to all the Protesters was upheld by the Court but that of Bakare was revoked. The Court refers Bakare’s case to the Director of Public Prosecutor (DPP) for further advice.”

 

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