Interpol arrested Sunday Igboho and his wife in Benin Republic — Lawyer affirms

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Yomi Alliyu (SAN), the lawyer of the popular Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, disclosed that his client and his wife, Ropo were arrested at Benin in Cotonou, Benin Republic by the International Criminal Police Organisation.

Alliyu explained that the Federal Government of Nigeria through INTERPOL got Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho and his wife, who is a German citizen, arrested on Monday night, July 19, at an airport in neigboring Benin Republic while trying to catch a flight to Germany.

The lawyer described the arrest of his client as shocking and urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic and the international community to curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition Igboho who already has application before the International Criminal Court duly acknowledged.

Stating that one of the persons killed during a raid on Igboho’s residence on July 1 was his business partner, Alliyu also alleged that Olalekan visited Igboho with two police escorts who were disarmed and their guns displayed to implicate Igboho.

The statement read in part:

‘It is a shocking news that Nigerian Government has gotten Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho Oosa arrested by INTERPOL in Republic of Benin notwithstanding the political nature of his offene and what the DSS earlier said that they refrained from arresting him so as not to overheat the polity of Southwestern Nigeria.

“It is advisable for the INTERPOL and Benin Republic to be aware of the savagery acts committed in our clients house in the wee hours of 1st July, 2021; between 1.00am and 3.00am; shooting their way through and killing 2 people in the process and maliciously damaging his properties in the course of that illegal invasion.

“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo. Nigeria, Ghana and 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.

“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.”