The case against Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba Nation activist arrested in Benin Republic took place yesterday.
You could recall that the Yoruba Nation activist was arrested at Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on Monday night and he is being tried for immigration-related offences.
Supporters of the Igboho in Benin stormed the court in solidarity and support to one of their own, dressed in t-shirts which had inscriptions such as ‘Yoruba Nation now’ and other inscriptions.
The court sitting lasted for more than six hours at Cour De’appal De Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The court ordered the release of Igboho’s wife, Ropo, while ordering that the activist be detained.
The hearing which started at 10;00 am, ended around 8pm, though breaks were observed was adjourned till Friday.
Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the Igboho’s legal team member, expressed hope that Igboho would be granted bail.
“The disposition of Benin Republic is that it is a country that respects the rule of law. We are making efforts that he is not repatriated wrongly to Nigeria. We are ensuring that everything is done in accordance to the law and we are very hopeful that we would succeed.”
However, Igboho’s lawyer, Yomi Aliyyu (SAN), also expressed optimism that the activist could not be extradited to Nigeria because the 1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin and two others excluded political refugees which Igboho is claiming to be.