Benin Republic extends Sunday Igboho’s detention by six months – Lawyer

Sunday Igboho Adeyemo

The government of the Republic of Benin has extended the detention of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho by six months, his lawyer Yomi Aliyyu said.

Sunday Igboho and his wife Ropo were arrested on July 19, 2021, as they were about to board a flight to Germany. His wife was later released.

Mr Aliyyu said the Nigerian’s detention was extended despite that there was no criminal charge against him and no extradition request from the Nigerian government.

“Contrary to what was speculated in the news by a lawyer, the government of the Republic de Benin has renewed the incarceration of Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa for another six months even though there is no criminal charge in their file in Cotonou and without extradition request from Nigeria,” he told PUNCH on Sunday night.

A lawyer Pelumi Olajengbesi had said last Friday that Sunday Igboho would soon be released and that his freedom would be widely celebrated.

Mr Olajengbesi had secured the release of 12 of the agitator’s aides arrested by the Department of State Service last year. The lawyer had also withdrawn from being part of Sunday Igboho’s legal team.

Aliyyu, however, said the Yoruba nation agitator would approach the court of the Economic Community of West African States to secure his release.