Igboho’s lawyer, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), yesterday asked the authorities of Benin Republic not to release his client to Nigeria since he would not be treated fairly by the government.
Alliyu, who confirmed Igboho’s arrest, accused the federal government of victimizing his client and urged the Benin Republic not to extradite him.
This is shocking news that the Nigerian Government has gotten Chief Sunday Adeyemo, arrested by INTERPOL in the Republic of Benin. The DSS also said that it refrained from arresting him due to the political nature of his offense and the potential overheating of Southwestern Nigeria’s political climate.
“The 1984 Extradition Treaty between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and the Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. According to the law, if a fugitive could not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution, then the host country ought not to release him,” he said.
The four countries have signed the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, in which Article 20 makes the right to agitate for self-determination a fundamental right to be protected.
According to him, Igboho is a political offender who cannot be deported or extradited for any reason.
“Secondly, the fact that those arrested in his house have been detained for more than 21 days now without access to their lawyers indicates he cannot access justice or even be killed. Even the wife couldn’t change her underwear for 21 days! What could be more inhumane than this?
Our client Ropo Adeyemo’s wife, a German citizen, has once again been arrested along with her husband in Cotonou. What crime has she committed to warrant this punishment?
Specifically, we urge the good government of the Republic of Benin along with the international community, especially Germany, to step up and stop Nigeria’s impunity by refusing any extradition request for our client who has already entered into a legal agreement with the ICC.”
In addition, Senior Advocate of Nigeria argued that INTERPOL and Benin Republic must be informed of the invasion of Igboho’s home by DSS operatives.
We recommend that INTERPOL and the Benin Republic be made aware of the savage acts committed in our client’s house in the early hours of 1 July 2021; between 1.00 am and 3.00 am; killing 2 people and maliciously damaging his property during that illegal invasion.
While invading DSS officers didn’t explain their invasion to our client before or during invasion, they paraded 13 people and ammunition that our client denied was his since he is a peaceful self-determination activist, and the guns were not his.” The weapons displayed were the same as in 2013, the statement read.
According to the lawyer, one of the persons killed during the raid on the residence of Igboho was his business partner.
His report states that the deceased visited Igboho with two police escorts who were disarmed and displayed their guns to implicate Igboho.
“This was seen on 2013 Facebook, but the DSS has dismissed it on their website. They cannot deny, however, that when they left our client’s residence, they left with two corpses, people arrested, and two guns belonging to the police escorts of Mr. Adisa Saheed Olalekan.
They killed Mr Saheed Adisa Olalekan of Oladams Motors, Osogbo, who came to Sunday Igboho’s house to discuss auto business. Two police officers escorted him. The policemen were not among those paraded to the public, but their guns were.