Yomi Alliyu, lawyer to Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, says his client is being tortured like an animal in a Cotonou cell in Benin Republic, “based on an order from the above.”
Mr. Alliyu told the press that Igboho has been chained and is going through horrific torture.
According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the Yoruba nation agitator would appear before a court in Benin by Wednesday morning, for an extradition order.
He dismissed reports in the social media about his client’s release, saying its untrue. He said instead he is being “treated like an animal in the cell.”
The lawyer said, “I got a call from a reliable source from the authorities in the Republic of Benin that Sunday Igboho has been put in a very dehumanizing condition in a police cell in Cotonou.
“The police source told me that they are under instruction by an order from above that Igboho should be chained like an animal waiting to be slaughtered. He told me that Igboho was tightly chained to the floor and he is in serious pain.
“While I was talking to the police officer on the telephone, I could hear our client crying and asking that the chains should be removed as he is in pain. But the officer told him that they cannot remove the chains as they are acting on instruction.”
Alliyu, added that the extradition order being sought for by the Nigerian authorities will fail because Igboho is a political offender.
“It is not likely that the extradition order being sought for would sail through. This is because of the status of our client as a political offender who enjoys immunity against extradition.
“There is an existing extradition treaty between four West African countries, including Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, and Republic, which grants Igboho immunity from being extradited from the Republic of Benin.
“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. It also states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution, the host country should not release the fugitive.
“Article 20 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which the four countries are signatories made agitation for self-determination a fundamental right to be protected by all countries,” he said.