July 27, (THEWILL) – One of the lawyers to Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has dislosed that his client is being tried in Benin Republic for alleged Immigration offences.
The charges, Professor Ibrahim Salami, disclosed, were read to Igboho during Monday’s hearing at Cour D’Appel De Cotonou.
Before the hearing, Salami had said that the legal team was expecting extradition charges from the Nigerian government against Igboho.
However, he said Sunday Igboho was confronted with fresh charges when he appeared on Monday.
Salami, a Cotonou-based lawyer, said Igboho was further remanded to allow police to conduct a thorough investigation into the charges, which included illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil unrest.
Salami said in an interview with BBC Yoruba: “First, the Judge ruled that Sunday Igboho entered into the Benin Republic through an illegal means. They also want to investigate how Sunday Igboho conspired with others to enter Benin Republic through wrong means.
“They also want to know how long he has been in Benin republic and his plans in the country. They also raised a charge on whether he wants to come and cause unrest or social disturbance in Benin Republic.”
THEWILL had reported that the Beninese court, which on Monday sat for over eight hours, granted Igboho access to medical care and transferred him to a new detention facility in Benin Republic.
Igboho and his wife were arrested at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou around 8pm on July 19, 2021, while they tried to catch a flight to Germany through an Air France plane.
But the court, last Thursday, ordered the release of his wife but returned Igboho to police cell.