Sunday Igboho, a detained Yoruba Nation agitator, will have his asylum application decided by a Benin Republic court this week.
While speaking about the development, Ibrahim Salami, one of the activist’ s lawyers in the Benin Republic, stated that the charges against Igboho would be nullified if the activist was granted asylum.
Salami explained that his client was not arrested because he held a passport of the Republic of Benin, although he is not a citizen.
His lawyer had stated, ” When he left Nigeria, he took the backdoor into Benin. It was at the airport that security operatives stopped him that he was on the watchlist. ”
” He didn’ t go against any law in the Benin Republic. They didn’ t find any Beninese passport on him. He had a Nigerian passport with a German residency card. He needed no visa at that point. ”
” When we understudied the case, we realised that the Nigerian government had not filed a case for extradition. They only claimed that he is wanted in Nigeria for criminal offences. ”
” Our argument is that he was arrested because of Nigeria’ s request, and there is no proof to show that he is a criminal. He spent barely 24 hours in the country and filed an asylum. ”
Meanwhile, Olasupo Ojo, Igboho’ s coordinating lawyer, claimed he had yet to get an official report on Igboho’ s asylum.
When asked if Igboho had been granted asylum, Ojo replied, ” I have not got any official report in relation to that. ”
” Yes, we are expecting feedback this week, ”
When asked if Igboho’ s asylum application feedback will be available this week, he said yes.
Maxwell Adeleye, a spokeswoman for Ilana Omo Oduduwa, also stated that the group anticipates a favourable response.
” We have submitted an application and we are hoping to get a positive response before the end of the week. ”
Pelumi Olajengbesi, the lawyer representing Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho’ s 12 aides detained by the Department of State Services, has expressed regret for his clients’ ” sorry situation” in the secret police’ s custody.
Lawyer to the detained aides of Sunday Igboho has alleged that the DSS feeds his clients in their custody with ” engine oil” as soup. The Lawyer stated this when he visited his clients at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Friday after being denied access to his clients for almost four weeks.
The detainees got diarrhoea after eating the soup with Fufu or Eba, according to Olajengbesi.
Efforts to gain a response from DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya on the lawyer’ s allegation were futile.
Olajengbesi and two other members of the legal team spoke with four of the 12 detainees yesterday, according to a report on Friday.
He said, ” It is important to state that their current situation is a classical definition of wholesome human rights abuse. Their health is, sadly, poor and in a sorry situation.
” They are made to sleep on the bare floor and are badly beaten before medical treatment is accorded them to heal and conceal injuries from the torture.
” Lady K, in particular, seems to have sustained fracture on her left leg and is in serious pains. She has not had a change of clothes and folds herself to sleep in the terrible cell.
” A larger per cent of them have high blood pressure issues as confirmed by the SSS clinic. They are fed with a liquid they call ‘ engine oil’ as their soup for their food. Their normal routine is to eat and resume the toilet where they purge for long.
” They’ re being treated badly and worse than animals, and we did our best in assuring and keeping them upbeat and in high spirits before making our exit. ”
The PUNCH previously stated that the 12 people were apprehended on July 1, 2021, during a midnight raid on Igboho’ s Ibadan home. During the raid, the secret Police said its operatives murdered two Igboho accomplices in a ” gun duel. ”
The arrested persons then moved a Federal High Court in Abuja, through their lawyers, to demand their release.
The court had adjourned the case till Monday after the DSS failed to produce the detainees as instructed by the court on Thursday.
The DSS was directed by Justice Obiora Egwuatu to provide the lawyers for the jailed aides access to their clients.
However, the DSS’ s counsel, I. Awo, told the court that the DSS had no intention of defying the court’ s order. Some of the names on the court order, according to Awo, did not match the identities of the people they had arrested at Igboho’ s house.