Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation activist, submitted an asylum request in the Benin Republic, which is expected to be decided this week.
According to Punch, Igboho’s bail application was postponed by his lawyers due to his medical report and the likely outcome of his asylum plea, among other things.
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Although there has been no official announcement from the Benin Republic government on the asylum request, Olasupo Ojo, one of Igboho’s lawyers, believes that a position would be announced this week.
“I have not got any official report about that. Yes, we are expecting feedback this week.”
A spokesperson for Ilana Omo Oduduwa, Maxwell Adeleye also disclosed that the organisation is expecting a positive response.
Adeleye told Punch;
“We have applied and we are hoping to get a positive response before the end of the week.”
Ibrahim Salami, one of the Cotonou, Benin Republic-based lawyers of Igboho, who expressed hope of the charges against being neutralised if he is granted asylum, also said Igboho was not arrested for possessing a Benin Republic passport as he only had a Nigerian passport with a German residency card.
“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 the 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 realised that the Nigerian government had not filed a case for extradition. They only claimed that he is wanted in Nigeria for criminal offences. We argue that he was arrested because of Nigeria’s request, and there is no proof to show that he is a criminal. He spent barely 24 hours in the country and filed an asylum.”