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Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation activist, has been refused extradition to Nigeria by the Republic of Benin.
Remember that Benin security agents detained Igboho and his wife in neighbouring Cotonou on the night of Monday, July 19, on orders from Nigeria, as the activist was reportedly planning to travel to Germany with his wife, who is a German citizen.
Despite the FG’s insistence that he be extradited to Nigeria to face allegations of weapons stockpiling and activities that endanger the country, Igboho’s legal team has filed a robust legal challenge against the Benin government.
Despite immense pressure from Nigeria, Benin Republic on Wednesday, July 21, reportedly insisted that it would not be part of any process that was against due process
“The Nigerian government planned to extradite him on Wednesday, but our government said the rule of law must be followed as the world is watching us.” A Benin security official told The PUNCH.
Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the lawyers of Igboho, also told Punch that “Benin Republic had shown itself to be a country that respects the rule of law and due process,” and that “Igboho’s legal team in Benin Republic were in talks with the Beninise government.”