Benin Republic slams fresh charges on Sunday Igboho

Sunday Igboho Adeyemo

Benin Republic has filed fresh charges against activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, who was arrested in the country last Monday.

The Yoruba Nation agitator was remanded again on Monday after a string of lengthy court sessions.

A Benin Republic-based lawyer representing him Ibrahim Salami said the fresh charges include illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil unrest.

The lawyer told BBC Yoruba that the court is trying to investigate how Sunday Igboho entered Benin Republic and his mission in the West African country.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Salami, a law professor, said Nigerian authorities had yet to file formal extradition charges against Sunday Igboho.

According to him, lawyers for the Nigerian government could not prove allegations against the activist such as trafficking in arms, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance and causing disunity in Nigeria.