Famous Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho has given reasons as to why he made this way out of Nigeria.
According to him, he decided to flee the country to avoid being killed. On July 1, Sunday Igboho was declared wanted by the Department of State Services after a raid was launched at his residence in Ibadan.
He was later arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic on July 19 while attempting to fly to Germany with his wife. He has been processed for court in Cotonou for trying to fly with a fake passport.
David Ibrahim Salami who happens to be the lawyer of Sunday Igboho narrated what happened in court on Monday, July 27. He said;
“While defending himself on the criminal allegations put on his head by Nigeria, Igboho told the judges that he had never been tried for any crime in his life.
When the judge asked him how and when he entered the Benin Republic, who housed him and who took him to the airport, Igboho told the court that his coming to the Benin Republic was to flee from his traducers who wanted to kill him in Nigeria. He stressed that he spent less than one day in Cotonou before attempting to travel to Germany
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The lawyer spoke further
“What amazed me is the fact that the judge was explicit that Igboho’s continued detention is not as a result of his issues with Nigeria, that he is being sent to prison because of infractions committed here in the Benin Republic.”
Igboho was sent to prison following the court session, according to Salami, to enable an inquiry into how and why he arrived in Cotonou. According to him, no date has been set for the trial to resume since authorities need time to examine how Igboho arrived in Benin.
He explained that under Benin Republic law, Igboho can be released on bail awaiting the conclusion of the investigation. Salami explained why the trial is being held behind closed doors, saying that the judgment will be read in open court once the investigations are completed.
He said the primary task now is to establish whether the embattled activist entered Cotonou through legal or illegal routes, and what his mission was meant to achieve.
The legal counsel to the embattled Yoruba activist said the Nigerian government is yet to file any complaint against Igboho before the Benin republic court.
“We have also not seen any written complaints from Nigeria being placed before the court. It is a case between the Benin Republic and Sunday Igboho – nothing more” he explained.