More trouble for Igboho as Benin Republic extends detention by six months

Posted by News Express | 7 February 2022 | 970 times

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By YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE

Contrary to speculations following the announcement by an Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi at the weekend that Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, will soon be released from detention, the government of the Republic de Benin has renewed his incarceration for another six months

 
The renewal came less than two days after Olajengbesi made the announcement though he has since resigned from the team of Nigerian lawyers handling Igboho's case.
 
Olajengbesi had during his announcement advised Yoruba leaders not to be selfish, making it known emphatically that Igboho is about to taste freedom
 
Olajengbesi in a post on Facebook had written that “Chief Sunday Igboho will be out very soon and there will be massive jubilation across the entire Yoruba land. He is no doubt a courageous man. This is very authoritative just that our Yoruba leaders should stop being selfish and allow good to prevail."
 
However, counsel to Igboho, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN) on Sunday night announced that the Benin government has renewed the incarceration without any hearing.
 
Alliyu had stated that "the government of the Republic de Benin has renewed the incarceration of Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa for another 6 months even though there is no criminal charge in their file in Cotonou and without extradition request from Nigeria."
 
 
Igboho has been in detention in Benin Republic since he was arrested at the Cotonou airport by the West Africa’s nation Security Forces while he was trying to flee to Germany in July 2020.
 
The 49-year-old agitator fled Nigeria for Benin Republic after the Federal Government declared him wanted and he has since spent over 200 days I'm detention in Benin Republic prison.
 
A Beninise court had blocked the extradition move of Igboho to Nigeria while ruling that the activist be remanded in prison pending further hearing.
 
Many groups, including Agbekoya Farmers Society and the Diaspora Groups have staged protests to demand the ‘unconditional’ release of Igboho.


Source: News Express

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