Igboho Seeks Asylum in the Benin Republic, Files Lawsuit Against DSS And Malami

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Igboho Seeks Asylum in the Benin Republic, Files Lawsuit Against DSS And Malami

 

NaijaNews Nigeria July 24. 2021

 

Igboho Seeks Asylum in the Benin Republic, Files Lawsuit Against DSS And Malami

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, is seeking asylum in the Republic of Benin, despite being wanted by the Department of State Services in Nigeria, having an international arrest warrant hanging around his neck, and facing immigration-related charges in Cotonou.

According to reports, the 48-year-old activist chose this option after being arrested by the International Criminal Police Organization on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

Igboho was arrested at the airport with his Germany-based wife, Ropo, around 8 p.m. on Monday while attempting to board a flight to Germany.

Although the Cour De’appal De Cotonou ruled on Thursday that Ropo should be released unconditionally because no charges were filed against her, Igboho is spending his first weekend in a police cell in Cotonou.

He is being tried for immigration violations after allegedly being caught with a forged Beninese passport at the point of his departure to Germany on an Air France flight.

“He (Igboho) had already arrived at the airport with a passport. Because the immigration officers suspected his passport was forged, they detained him. For the trip to Germany, an Igboho passport was allegedly forged in the Benin Republic. They discovered he was the one at the airport.” a source familiar with the matter told Saturday PUNCH.

However, the source, who craved anonymity, said although an application had been filed for Igboho as a political refugee in Germany, processes had also been completed to file another application for asylum for him in the Benin Republic.

“Igboho has already applied for asylum in Germany and he hopes to file a similar application in the Benin Republic in the coming days,” the source said.

The source also said that there was the possibility that the Beninese Government would drop the migration-related offences brought against Igboho over alleged forgery of passport.

The leader of Igboho’s legal team, Yomi Alliyu (SAN), had also in a statement noted that his client could not be extradited because the 1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin and two other countries excluded political refugees like Igboho.

Meanwhile, upon their arrest, Igboho and his wife were detained in police custody in Cotonou but the Cour De’appal De Cotonou ruled on Thursday that Ropo should be released unconditionally as there were no charges against her.

The court session lasted for about six hours with intermittent breaks.

The court, however, ruled that Igboho be remanded in police custody till the next date of adjournment which is likely to be next week.

Igboho spends a weekend in Beninese cell, court resumes sitting next week
Although the Cour De’appal De Cotonou, adjourned the hearing of the case against Igboho, till Friday (yesterday), the hearing didn’t hold. The implication of this is that Igboho would spend the weekend in the Beninese cell.

Saturday PUNCH gathered that the hearing would hold next week while the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, said it would hold on Monday. The group, led by ex-Senator Banji Akintoye, was in court to monitor Thursday’s hearing.

The group disclosed this in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, and titled, ‘Update on Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho’s Case in the Republic of Beni.

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