It is becoming possible that the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, who currently detained in Benin Republic, may never be extradited to Nigeria after it emerged that there is no extradition treaty between Nigeria and that country.
This was disclosed by Igboho’s lawyers, who said that, contrary to reports, the hearing on Thursday revealed that there was no extradition agreement between Nigeria and Benin Republic. This apart, the Nigeria government are yet to come up with concrete allegations against the man, who appeared to have been exercising his right to self determination.
The Communications Manager of the detained agitator, Ilana Omo Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, quoted the lawyer in a statement as saying that the case had been adjourned till Monday.
The statement was titled, ‘Update on Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho’s case in Benin Republic’.
The lawyer also revealed that the court adjourned the case to give Nigeria more opportunity to bring evidence against the rights activist because as at Thursday the Federal Government of Nigeria was yet to come up with concrete charges against Igboho.
Meanwhile, the Cour D’Appel De Cotonou, Benin Republic ordered the release of Ropo, the wife of Igboho.
The government lawyer had failed to address journalists after the hearing while one of Ìgbòho’s lawyer, Yomi Aliyu (SAN), explained that “this is not the best time to say anything on the case”.
Mr. Igboho was returned to the custody of Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou, Benin Republic after the hearing.
The statement read, “Yesterday, the court set Mrs. Adeyemo, lgboho’s wife free since it has been found that she has committed no offence and there’s no complaints whatsoever against her. Consequently, her German passport was returned to her.
“The lawyers handling the case reported after the proceedings that Chief Sunday Adeyemo lgboho cannot be extradited to Nigeria for two principal reasons:
“That contrary to insinuations, Nigeria and Benin have no Extradition Agreement.
“That Nigeria has not been able to come up with charges that could lead the court to order lgboho’s extradition to Nigeria.
“What Nigerian Government came up with were mere allegations against Ighoho such as trafficking in arms and inciting violence that could result in the social disturbance without evidence which the Government of Benin Republic considered spurious and untenable, and insufficient to warrant extradition.
“Lastly, the case has been adjourned till Monday 26th July to allow the Nigerian Government bring up whatever evidence they may have, and Mr. lgboho has been taken back to the police custody.”
Igboho was on Monday arrested, alongside his wife, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic while attempting to flee to Germany, allegedly, on a fake passport.