The Benin Republic files fresh charges against Sunday Igboho
The Benin Republic has filed new accusations against Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation activist who was arrested in the country last Monday.
After Monday’s hearing, where Igboho was ordered to remain in police detention in the Benin Republic, Ibrahim Salami, one of Sunday Igboho’s lawyers in Cotonou, Benin Republic, revealed the fresh charges.
Salami had stated before the hearing that the legal team expected the Nigerian government to file extradition charges against the activist.
However, he claimed that when Sunday Igboho returned in court on Monday, he was met with new charges.
Igboho was also remanded, according to the law professor, to allow police to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the charges, which included unlawful migration, questionable collusion with immigration agents, and any attempt to incite public disorder.
Because the Federal Government has yet to submit official extradition charges against Igboho, Salami had expected Igboho to be released on Monday.
He explained that the prior claims that led to Igboho’s inclusion on the blacklist had been successfully addressed during the hearing.
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Some of the claims, he added, could not be proven, including arms trafficking, instigating violence that might cause societal unrest, and sowing discord in Nigeria.
“First, the judge determined that Sunday Igboho entered the Benin Republic in an unauthorised manner. They also want to know how Sunday Igboho and others plotted to enter the Benin Republic illegally.
“They also want to know how long he’s been in the Republic of Benin and what his goals are for the country. They also asked if he wanted to travel to the Benin Republic and cause unrest or social disturbance,” the lawyer stated in an interview with BBC Yoruba.
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