Beninese Authorities Keep Sunday Igboho In Chains, His Lawyer Cries Out


July 21, (THEWILL) – The Counsel to Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), has alleged that Yoruba Nation agitator suffered harrowing torture, from being manacled in a police cell in Cotonou, the capital of the Republic of Benin.

Alliyu also disclosed that Igboho would appear before a court in Benin this Wednesday morning over an extradition order.

Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN)
Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN)

He said: “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 dehumanising condition in a police cell in Cotonou.

“The police source told me that they are under instruction by an order from 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 could hear our client crying and asking that the chains should be removed as he is in pain. But the officer told him that they cannot remove the chains as they are acting on instruction.”

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

He said: “I know that our client, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, will 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 offence.

“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 the 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.”

The Yoruba Nation agitator was arrested along with his wife, Ropo, on Monday night at an airport in Benin Republic.