Sunday Adeyemo (popularly known as Sunday Igboho) is still being held by the authorities in Cotonou, Benin Republic, despite reports on social media.
The leader of Ilana Omo Odua, the body of self-determination groups that Mr Adeyemo partners with, Wole Adeniran, said this to Heritage Multimedia TV during a zoom on Tuesday evening.
The former Director of Institute of African Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mr. Adeniran is a pioneer Commissioner of Education in Osun State.
Our correspondent monitored the Zoom meeting.
“I just spoke with his lawyer. It has been established that the lawyer visits the location where he is being held (Igboho). They wouldn’t allow him to see Igboho (Igboho), but confirmed that they hold him there. 8:00 a.m. was the time he was asked to return tomorrow (Wednesday). He will be there to see you.
A lawyer told me it is not possible to secretly extradite him, when I asked him if they would play a funny game. Over a week ago, we filed an application for political asylum for him. As long as that is ongoing, he cannot be legally extradited from the Benin Republic. That is something I am very confident about.
As far as I know, he cannot be extradited because the application has been filed with the immigration lawyer. Mr. Adeniran, a professor, told the crowd that he should be assured that he can see him tomorrow.
In response to the report that Mr Igboho had been freed, he condemned the development, saying “why do people spread false information that he has been released, which is detrimental to this struggle, and to the welfare and wellbeing of Igboho?”
Several international attorneys including those from Benin Republic, Nigeria, France and Britain are representing the plaintiff.