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Drama As Sunday Igboho Fails To Appear In Benin Republic Court

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An attempt by the Nigerian government to begin the extradition proceedings of Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, has suffered a setback.

The setback follows the inability of the Benin Republic authorities to produce him before a court sitting in Cotonou.

Igboho is being held by Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou who arrested him at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

Igboho was arrested alongside his wife on their way to Germany on Monday night.

Recall that he was declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS) earlier in July after his Ibadan home was raided on July 1, by the operatives of the DSS.

At least two people were killed by the DSS in the late-night raid, while 12 other persons who have since been charged to court were arrested and later paraded in Abuja.

Some Yoruba people living in and around Cotonou reportedly thronged the court awaiting the commencement of the trial.

There are no clear reasons why the proceedings did not commence yesterday. Ropo, Igboho’s wife, who was arrested with him at the airport, is a German citizen.

Igboho had filed for political asylum in Germany before his arrest.

Yomi Alliyu, his lawyer, had said the Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin does not include political fugitives.

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