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Court Adjourns Igboho Hearing Till Monday. ‘Why He Can’t Be Extradited Nigeria

The Cour De’appal De Cotonou, Benin Republic, has
adjourned the hearing of the case of Yoruba Nation
activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, till
Monday, the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination
Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, has said.

The group led by ex-Senator Banji Akintoye, disclosed this
in a statement on Friday. The statement signed by the
group’s Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, was
titled, ‘Update On Chief Sunday Adeyemo Ighoho’s Case
In Republic Of Benin By Ilana Omo Oodua’

Oniftv had earlier reported that the Beninise court
ruled on Thursday that Igboho’s wife, Ropo, should be
released unconditionally as there were no charges against
her.

The court, however, ruled that Igboho be remanded in
police custody till the next date of adjournment.

The two were arrested at the Cadjèhoun Airport in
Cotonou on Monday while they tried to catch a flight to
Germany. Igboho was earlier declared wanted by the
Department of State Services for allegedly stockpiling
arms, an allegation he denied. The secret police had also
raided his house, killed two of his associates and arrested
about 12 of them.

In its statement, Ilana Oodua said, “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 complain 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.”

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