Uncertainty, Protest as Court fails to hear Sunday Igboho’s Extradition case Benin
…….As protesters demand his immediate release
The Nation reports Igboho was arrested at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic on Monday night.
He has been held by operatives of Brigade criminelle in Cotonou.
Yoruba nation agitators who gathered at the court premises in Cotonou to catch a glimpse of Igboho left disappointed.
The self-acclaimed freedom fighter was not brought to Court for the hearing by the Beninoise authorities.
The Court where the hearing was to take place is called parquet.
A source told The Nation on Wednesday night the extradition case would be tough for Federal Government to win because his wife, Ropo, with whom he was arrested is a German citizen and Igboho had filed for political asylum over a week ago.
The source further stated the Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excludes political fugitives from extradition.
It was learnt efforts were ongoing over the extradition process to avoid a diplomatic row between Nigeria and Benin Republic.
Igboho’s spokesman, Olayomi Koiki in a live broadcast on Wednesday night, said: “At this point we cannot back down, all the lawyers are working tirelessly for his freedom”
“Let us continue to pray for Chief Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba movement hasn’t stopped.”
PROTESTERS WANT HIM RELEASE
Supporters of embattled Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho have taken to the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to protest his arrest and detention by Beninise authorities.
Igboho, who was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night, is still being held by Beninise authorities.
The protesters gathered in front of Igboho’s house in the Sooka area of Ibadan from where they took to the streets around 12 noon on Wednesday.
They were heard singing the Yoruba Nation anthem and chanting “Igboho Oosa”, “Free Igboho now now”.
The protesters also displayed placards such as: “I stand with Chief Sunday Igboho”; “Sunday Igboho is not a criminal”; “Yoruba wake up” and “Sunday Igboho is fighting for our freedom”
The protesters also blocked some sections of the road, which led to traffic snarl around Lagos-Ibadan expressway.