*As Benin Piles More Charges On Him
Abike Segun, Lagos
Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, may be in for more than he bargained for if reports about his legal battles in Benin Republic is anything to go by. This was revealed by one of his Cotonou-based counsels Ibrahim Salami after Monday’s hearing.
According to Salami, tougher times seem to lie in wait for Chief Adeyemo, also known as Igboho, as the Beninoir authorities reportedly filed more and fresh charges against him.
Chief Adeyemo was arrested, alongside his wife, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic, aboard a Germany bound aircraft on Monday, July 19, 2021. The arrest came after he fled Nigeria after being declared wanted by the Directorate of State Security, DSS, whose operatives earlier raided his Ibadan home.
Since then, the Nigerian government mounted a concerted efforts to have him repatriated home. However, the efforts met with a brick wall as the Beninoir authorities reportedly insist he must be tried in Cotonou having allegedly breached the country’s extant laws, including his acquisition of fake Beninoir travel documents, including passport.
Salami told newsmen that Chief Adeyemo’s legal team was expecting to confront Nigeria’s extradition charges during Monday’s hearing but was however, confronted with fresh charges when he appeared on Monday, prompting the court to further remand him in custody pending when investigations into the new charges, including illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil Unrest, were completed.
“First, the judge ruled that Sunday Igboho entered into the Benin Republic through an illegal means. They also want to investigate how Sunday Igboho conspired with others to enter Benin Republic through wrong means.
They also want to know how long he has been in Benin republic and his plans in the country. They also raised a charge on whether he wants to come and cause unrest or social disturbance in Benin Republic,” Salami said.