Cour De’Appel De Cotonou has declined the request to extradite Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho to Nigeria.
The court refused the request after a 13-hour hearing, ordering that Igboho be kept in prison custody pending further investigation.
The hearing ended around 11:20 pm on Monday, July 26, and Igboho was returned to his cell.
During the hearing, reporters and supporters of Igboho were who besieged the court premises were barred from accessing the court.
The court did not sit at 10:00 am when it was initially supposed to sit but sat at about 5: 00 PM behind closed doors, giving only limited access to layers, Igboh’s wife, Ropo, and a few others.
Recall that Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested on Monday, July 19, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on their way to Germany.
They were arraigned last Thursday, July 22, and the Beninese court adjourned the case till Monday, July 26.
Ropo, who is a German citizen was set free by the court on July 22, while the Yoruba Nation agitator was remanded in the custody of Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou.
The government of Nigeria sought Igboho’s extradition to Nigeria after accusing him of trafficking in arms, inciting violence to disrupt public peace, and agitating for secession.
However, the Beninese court declined the extradition of Igboho to Nigeria.
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