Sunday Igboho has been returned to jail by a Beninese court, causing uncertainty

Sunday Igboho
Sunday Igboho

Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a. Sunday Igboho was ordered to remain in arrest by the Cour De’appal De Cotonou in Benin Republic late Monday.

Until further inquiry, the Yoruba agitator will stay in government detention.

Despite claims from his lawyers and associates, the contents of Igboho’s trial have not been made public. It is possible that it is related to immigration.

It is unclear if the Nigerian government filed formal charges yet. If this has not be done, the court ruling which approved further grilling of Igboho could mean he might have run foul of Beninise laws.

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At the resumed hearing, scores of secessionist’s admirers and traditional rulers thronged the court premises. He was driven in at about 7 a.m.

Igboho remained there for 15 hours as the prosecution and his lawyers argued over his trial. The wife, Ropo, was with him.

The Court President, as proceedings continued, called the Police in to control journalists and supporters for decorum.

Nigerian authorities want Igboho repatriated. He is accused of stockpiling weapons and threatening the federal government and security agencies.

Before his arrest, the presidency said the separatist was carrying out acts of terror and disturbing the peace under the guise of protecting fellow kinsmen.

Igboho was incriminated for “hate speeches,” alleged attempt to build an armoury as well as plan to undermine the unity of Nigeria.

“Assault weapons are not tools of peace loving people. Regardless of who they are and where they are from, the Security Agencies should treat them all the same,” President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu had said.

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