Report was confirmed by Ibrahim Salami, one of the lawyers representing Igboho.

 

Narrating how the situation is, Salami said the judge held that Igboho came into Benin through the back channel, hence he might have some criminal association in the country. In light of this, the Judge called for further investigation on his entrance and stay in the country.

 

Speaking further, Salami said all the nine lawyers who were in court to represent Igboho on hearing what the Judge said were all shocked to see the direction the case is going.

In Igboho’s defence, during an interview with BBC, Salami said if Igboho wanted to cause problems in Benin, he would have stayed longer in the country, but he was willing to leave the country less than 24hours after coming into Benin.

 

He said the court eventually ruled that Igboho be held in a Beninese prison until the investigation is concluded.

 

A final judgment has not been made by the Beninese court sitting in Cotonou, but the lawyers are now seeking to bail Igboho pending the investigation.

He said the case started with fighting off extradition to Nigeria, but ended as a case of Sunday Adeyemo versus the Benin Republic.

It had been widely reported earlier that Igboho was sent back to prison by the court following a 13-hour hearing at the Cotonou court of appeal.

Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested at an airport in Cotonou last week and detained at the request of the Nigerian government.

His lawyers requested the release of his wife on the grounds that she had committed no offence against the Nigerian state.

Last Thursday, the court answered the prayers and ordered her release and a return of her passport. Igboho was taken to detention, where he has been up until Monday.

The charges against the Yoruba Nation activist border on arms smuggling, inciting violence, and calling for a secession of the Yoruba from the Nigerian state.

 

Igboho and his lawyers have denied all allegations levelled, until the fresh allegations bordering on illegal entry and criminal association was presented before the third judge in court on Monday.

While Igboho’s decision to flee Nigeria for Germany through Benin Republic has been widely criticized, Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-political group, has defended the decision, saying he was only trying to protect his life and there is nothing wrong with that

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