Benin Republic has filed new charges against the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, who was arrested in the country last Monday.
This was disclosed by one of the Benin Republic-based lawyers of Sunday Igboho, Ibrahim Salami, after Monday’s hearing where Igboho was ordered to remain in police custody.
Before the hearing, Salami had said that the legal team was expecting extradition charges from the Nigerian government against the activist but was confronted with fresh charges from Beninese government which included illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil unrest.
Salami had expected Igboho would be freed on Monday because the Nigerian Government was yet to file formal extradition charges against Igboho.
He further explained that the previous allegations that warranted placing Igboho on a watch-list was successfully tackled during the hearing.
“First, the judge ruled that Sunday Igboho entered into the Benin Republic through an illegal means. They also want to investigate how Sunday Igboho conspired with others to enter Benin Republic through wrong means.
“They also want to know how long he has been in Benin republic and his plans in the country. They also raised a charge on whether he wants to come and cause unrest or social disturbance in Benin Republic,” the lawyer said.
Igboho and his wife were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organization at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany. While the Beninese authorities released the agitator’s wife, the 48-year-old activist was returned to police custody.