Yomi Alliyu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lead counsel to Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Igboho, has said that the activist and his wife, Ropo were arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic by the International Criminal Police Organisation.
In a statement obtained by VANTAGE NEWS, Alliyu revealed that the Federal Government of Nigeria through INTERPOL arrested Igboho and his wife who is a German citizen, on Monday night at an airport in neighbouring Benin Republic.
VANTAGE NEWS learnt that Igboho and his wife were arrested while they tried to catch a flight to Germany.
Alliyu, who described the arrest of Igboho as shocking, added that “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.
“Now, Article 20 of 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.”
He urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic and the international community “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 the International Criminal Court duly acknowledged”.