By Dayo Badmus,
Against the widely circulated reports that Yoruba Nation campaigner, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) has been released and flown to Germany, the Oyo state born is still being held by the Beninoise authorities.
Igboho was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night.
Professor Wale Adeniran of Ilana Omo Odua, has reportedly confirmed this in a zoom conversation organised by Heritage Multimedia TV.
Adeniran, the pioneer Commissioner of Education in Osun State refuted the trending reports that he has been released.
In his words, “I have just spoken with his lawyer. The lawyer has visited the location where he (Igboho) is been held.
“He was not allowed to see him (Igboho) but they confirmed to him that they are holding him in that location.
“He was asked to come back tomorrow (Wednesday) by 8:00am to see him.
“I asked him hope they are not going to play a funny game of secretly extraditing him, the lawyer told me it is not possible.
“We filed an application for political asylum for him over a week ago. With that in process, he cannot be legally extradited from Benin republic. I am very confident about that.
“I handle the application myself with the immigration lawyer and he assured me that since that application has been filed, he cannot be extradited.
“I think we should be rest assured that he will have the opportunity to see him tomorrow.”
Adeniran carpeted those falsely reporting he has been released.
He said: “Why should people be putting out false information that he has been released which is injurious to this struggle and to the welfare and wellbeing of igboho?”
Adeniran disclosed that, four international lawyers from Benin Republic, Nigeria, France and Britain are on the case.
According to him, when they saw the trending news, they had to call him to confirm.
“When the lawyers saw the false information, they relaxed, I had to tell them it is false. So can you see the damage,” he added.
In a similar development, media aide to Chief Sunday Adeyemi, Koiki media, reaffirmed the need for the Benin Republic government to release his principal in a statement released late Tuesday night.
“It is shocking news that the Nigerian Government has gotten Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho Oosa arrested by INTERPOL in the Republic of Benin notwithstanding the political nature of his offense and what the DSS earlier said that they refrained from arresting him so as not to overheat the polity of Southwestern Nigeria.
“The INTERPOL and the Benin Republic should be aware of the savagery acts committed in our client’s house in the wee hours of 1st July 2021; between 1.00 am and 3.00 am; shooting their way through and killing 2 people in the process and maliciously damaging his properties in the course of that illegal invasion.
Though the invading DSS officers did not state any reason for their invasion to our client before or during the invasion they later paraded 13 people and ammunitions which our client denied to be his as he is a peaceful campaigner for self-determination and it is on good record that the guns and ammunitions displayed were the same displayed in 2013 in another instance.
This could be seen on 2013 Facebook though DSS has dismissed this on their website. But what they cannot deny is that when they were leaving our client’s house they left with two corpses and people arrested and nothing more except 2 guns belonging to the police escorts of Mr. Adisa Saheed Olalalekan
One of the people they killed was one Mr. Saheed Adisa Olalekan of Oladams Motors, Osogbo, who came to Sunday Igboho’s house to discuss auto business. He came with 2 police escorts. Though the policemen were not among the people paraded to the public their guns were among those displayed.
The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo. Nigeria, Ghana, and the Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. 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 the 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 21days now without access to their lawyers. Even the wife among them could not change her undies for 21days! Which inhuman treatment can be more this?
Again another wife of our client Mrs. Ropo Adeyemo, a German Citizen, has been arrested together with her husband in Cotonou. What offense has she committed to warrant this?
We urge the good government of the Republic of Benin and the international community, especially Germany, to rise and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has an application before ICC duly acknowledged
Sgd: Chief Yomi Alliyu SAN, FCIArb, mpic
20th July 2021