Benin Republic rejects Sunday Igboho's extradition to Nigeria

The Republic of Benin has rejected the extradition of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho to Nigeria.

However, Recall that Benin security agents took Igboho and his wife into custody in neighboring Cotonou on the night

of Monday, July 19, under directives from Nigeria, as the activist was reportedly planning to travel to Germany

with his wife who is a German citizen.

A robust legal challenge  by Igboho’s legal team against the Benin government has now stapled his extradition to

Nigeria despite the FG’s insistence that his extradition to Nigeria is to face allegations of weapons stockpiling

and activities that threaten the country.

Despite immense pressure from Nigeria, the 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

Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the lawyers of Igboho, also told Punch that “The 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 the Benin Republic

were in talks with the Beninese government.”

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