Benin Republic shuns Buhari’s request for Sunday Igboho's extradition without trial

Efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari government to extradite Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Igboho, to Nigeria from Benin Republic have hit the rocks.

Authorities in the neighboring West African nation have insisted on a fair trial for Igboho before yielding to the demand, SaharaReporters has gathered.

The Beninoise government said it won’t handle a request for extradition without first trying him for the local offense he was arrested for, sources told SaharaReporters Thursday morning.

SaharaReporters had reported how Igboho was arrested on Monday night in Cadjèhoun Airport, Cotonou with a “fake” Beninese passport while trying to flee to Germany. 

He is expected to be arraigned for immigration-related offenses in Benin Republic later today after a spirited move by the Buhari government to bring him back to Nigeria.

The source told SaharaReporters that the Yoruba nation activist had hired a Beninois defense attorney, Rafael Huvehnou. Huvehnou is currently an attorney to the President of the Benin Republic. 

Igboho may be granted bail today.

“We went to court at Cotonou today but they didn’t bring Igboho to court, so we called his lawyer. He was in safe hands at Cotonou Criminal Brigade where he was detained. They will take him to court today.

“Igboho has given a statement to the police. He was traveling with a Beninoise passport adjudged to be fake,” the source privy to the discussions told SaharaReporters.

The Nigerian government, through its Ambassador to Benin Republic, Tukur Buratai, is bent on extraditing Igboho to Nigeria.

It was learned that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote two letters to the government of the West African country and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho.

Buratai had in the letters described the activist as a terrorist and murderer.

“Nigeria had written two letters to the West African state, describing Igboho as a terrorist and murderer. The first letter was written on July 7th. A second letter describing his bodily features…

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Ezekiel Okeke
Ezekiel Okeke
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July 22, 2021 7:10 am

Benin Republic has long entered the political war between we this territory natives who owns the land and fulani criminals from Guinea by sending soldiers to fight for fulani criminals from Guinea in the name of Multinational Joint Task Force. They know what they saw in our hands alongside Chad, Niger Republic, Cameroon. It is either Benin Republic allow Igboho get to his destination as planned or prepare for bloody engagement against we Disintegrated Republics of this territory natives.

Sunday Igboho case is not civil case. It is political war, it is bloody engagement. No law court on earth has legitimacy of the law to handle Sunday Igboho case. It is either Benin Republic allow Igboho get to his destination as planned or prepare for bloody engagement against we Disintegrated Republics of this territory natives.

Interim government of Oduduwa Republic led by Igboho etc. must sign agreements with Russia Federation etc. of Southern Countries Union now for military assistance, cooperation, relations to defend territorial borders of Oduduwa Republic, fix Yoruba land and economies.

Natives of other geopolitical zones under interim governments of their sovereign states, must sign agreements with Russia Federation etc. of Southern Countries Union now for military assistance, cooperation, relations to defend territorial borders of their sovereign states, fix their lands and economies. Only the Sword decides.