The lawyer of a Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has spoken on why his client ‘cannot’ be extradited to Nigeria from the Benin Republic.
The lawyer, Yomi Alliyu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), argued that Mr Igboho cannot be extradited to Nigeria because of the extradition treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, and Republic of Benin.
“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives,” said Mr Alliyu.
“It also states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution the host country should not release the fugitive.
“Now, Article 20 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which the four countries are signatories made agitation for self-determination a fundamental right to be protected by all countries. This made Chief Sunday Adeyemo a political offender who cannot be deported and/or extradited by the good people of the Republic of Benin for any reason.”
“Secondly, that he cannot get Justice or even be killed is apparent in how those arrested in his house were detained for more than 21 days now without access to their lawyers,” he said in a statement.
The legal practitioner also said one of Mr Igboho’s wife, identified as Ropo, a German Citizen, was arrested together with her husband in Cotonou.
“What offence has she committed to warrant this? We urge the good government of the Republic of Benin and international community, especially Germany, to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has application before ICC duly acknowledged.”
PREMIUM TIMES reported how Benin Republic police on Monday evening arrested Mr Igboho at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic, while trying to fly from the country to Germany.
Culled from Premium Times