Tension as Igboho returns to cell after Beninise court adjourns hearing
Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been returned to the custody of Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
This is as the Cour D’Appel De Cotonou adjourned the case involving the Yoruba rights activist till Friday, July 23, 2021.
Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou while trying to catch a flight to Germany.
He is currently being tried for obtaining a Beninise passport without being a citizen.
After the hearing, the government lawyer didn’t address journalists.
Ìgbòho’s lawyer, however, explained that “this is not the best time to say anything on the case”.
He expressed optimism that things would turn out for good.
The DSS on February 26, 2021, attempted to arrest Igboho along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when the activist and his supporters were on their way to meet with the 93-year-old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, but pandemonium broke out and the DSS was unable to arrest him.
However, the secret police raided Igboho’s residence in the Soka area of Ibadan on July 1, 2021, arrested at least 12 of his associates and killed two others during the bloody raid.
Igboho escaped the raid and the secret police subsequently declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria under the pretext of the Yoruba nation agitation, but Igboho denied the allegation.
The activist, who went underground, was, however, apprehended by Interpol at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic on Monday night.
It was gathered that the court sitting held amidst a tensed atmosphere as supporters of Sunday Igboho turned out in their large numbers to witness the hearing.
Many of the supporters, who did not know when the Yoruba rights activist arrived in court, rushed into the courtroom to see him.
One of the supporters said Igboho and his wife, Ropo looked pale.
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