Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Igboho, will have to wait a while to know the fate of the Republic of Benin’s Cour De’appal De Cotonou after being sued by the country’s authorities for immigration-related crimes.
Iqboho was taken to court Thursday afternoon, but SaharaReporters learned that the trial went on strike shortly afterwards and would be re-assembled at 4 p.m. that day.
But a source told SaharaReporters that the activist was not for extradition to Nigeria.
The Nigerian government is trying to extradite Igboho to Nigeria through its ambassador to the Republic of Benin, former Army Chief of Staff Tukur Buratai.
However, the source confirmed SaharaReporters’ previous story that the Nigerian government’s efforts to extradite him had stoned him, saying “not for extradition.”
Authorities in the neighboring West African country insisted on a fair trial for Igboho before he complied with the request, SaharaReporters reported.
The Beninise government has said it will not resolve the extradition request without trial for the local crime in which he was arrested, sources told SaharaReporters on Thursday morning.
SaharaReporters reported how Iqboho was caught with a “fake” Benin passport while trying to flee to Germany at Cadon’s Cadon Airport on Monday night.
SaharaReporters said Iqboho would be tried on Thursday.
“Igboho may be tried tomorrow in the Republic of Benin for passport-related crimes. Nigerian lawyers are already here. The Yoruba leaders in the Republic of Benin also supported it. ” The source told SaharaReporters on Tuesday.
The West African country has accused Igbo of illegally possessing a passport.
On July 1, 2021, the Ibadan home in Oyo State was declared wanted by the Department of Public Services after it was raided by secret police operatives.
Two people were killed by the DSS in the night raid, and 12 others were arrested and later paraded in Abuja.
On Thursday, Sahara Correspondents gathered in Cotonou and some surrounding Yoruba residents to suppress a trial awaiting trial.
They said Iqboho did not commit a crime and demanded that he not be returned to Nigeria.