Benin Republic Extends Sunday Igboho’s Jail Term
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation activist, has had his detention extended for another six months by Benin Republic, INCNews247 has gathered.
The new development, Chief Yomi Aliyu SAN, the arrested activist’s lawyer, confirmed on Monday.
However, this contradicts Pelumi Olajengbesi, an Abuja-based human rights lawyer, who said on Saturday that the 49-year-old agitator would soon regain his freedom.
In a Facebook post, Olajengbesi claimed that Igboho’s release would spark wild celebrations across Yorubaland.
Igboho has been detained in the Benin Republic since July 2020, when he was apprehended by security forces of the neighboring country at a Cotonou airport while attempting to flee to Germany.
Despite frantic efforts to get him released, checks have shown he has spent over 202 days in Benin Republic prison.
Aliyu noted that there was no criminal charge or extradition request from Nigeria against Igboho.
He said: “Contrary to what was speculated in the news by a lawyer, the government of the Republic of 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.”
Aliyu further disclosed that he would approach the court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Court) to challenge the extended incarceration of his client.