The Cour D’Appel De Cotonou in Benin Republic has adjourned the hearing of Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho till Monday, July, 26th. The Yoruba nation agitator was arrested, alongside his wife on Monday night following an attempt to board a flight to Germany at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, Benin Republic. Igboho’s wife was later released and her passport returned to her on grounds that she committed no offence.
This was confirmed in a statement by the umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination group, Ilana Omo Oodua. Here’s a report of the statement signed by the group’s Communication Manager, Maxwell Adeleye obtained from Sahara Reporters,
Update On Chief Sunday Adeyemo Ighoho’s Case In Republic Of Benin By Ilana Omo Oodua
“Yesterday (Thursday), 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.”
Recall that Sunday Igboho’s residence in Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State was invaded earlier in the month by the Department of State Services (DSS), few hours before the planned Yoruba Nation Rally in Lagos. In the process he fled and has since been wanted by the federal government.