Benin Republic has filed fresh charges against Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, his lawyer has revealed.
Ibrahim Salami, one of the Cotonou lawyers representing Igboho, disclosed the new charges after Monday’s hearing.
The court had remanded Igboho in a civil prison after hearing the matter for over eight hours, pending further police investigations.
The new charges include illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil unrest.
“First, the judge ruled that Sunday Igboho entered into the Benin Republic through an illegal means. They also want to investigate how Sunday Igboho conspired with others to enter Benin Republic through wrong means.
“They also want to know how long he has been in Benin republic and his plans in the country. They also raised a charge on whether he wants to come and cause unrest or social disturbance in Benin Republic,” the lawyer said in an interview with BBC Yoruba.
Salami had expected that Igboho would be freed on Monday, as the Federal Government of Nigeria was yet to file formal extradition charges against his client.
He explained that the previous allegations that warranted placing Igboho on a watchlist had successfully been tackled during the hearing.
Igboho and his wife, Ropo were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany.
The Beninese authorities released Ropo on the order of the court after their arraignment as she had no case to answer.