Nigerian government has refused to file charges against Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, who is currently incarcerated in the Benin Republic, despite repeated requests from the international community.
This was revealed by Igboho’s attorneys when the Yoruba rights activist appeared before the Cour d’Appel de Cotonou on Thursday afternoon.
According to them, the hearing revealed that, contrary to insinuations, there was no extradition agreement between Nigeria and the Benin Republic at the time of the hearing.
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According to a statement issued by Maxwell Adeleye’s Communications Manager, Ilana Omo Oodua, the lawyers stated that the case had been deferred till the following Monday.
The release of Ropo, the wife of Igboho, was ordered by the Cour d’Appel de Cotonou, on the other hand.
Mr. Igboho’s wife, Mrs. Adeyemo, was released from prison yesterday after it was determined that she had committed no crime and that there were no complaints against her at the time of her release.
Her German passport was returned to her as a result of this decision”.
Chief Sunday Adeyemo lgboho cannot be extradited to Nigeria, according to the lawyers handling the case, who reported after the proceedings that he cannot be deported for two primary reasons:
“That, contrary to insinuations, there is no Extradition Agreement between Nigeria and Benin.
That Nigeria has been unable to produce charges that could lead to the court ordering lgboho’s extradition to Nigeria, reads a portion of the statement in part.
This was followed up by a statement saying that the Nigerian government had only made claims such as arms trafficking and instigating violence against Igbo people.
The Government of the Benin Republic judged these to be fictitious and unsustainable, as well as insufficient to justify extradition to the United States.
The hearing has been postponed until Monday, July 26, “in order to allow the Nigerian government to present any evidence they may have,” according to the court, and Mr. Igboho has been returned to police custody.
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