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Opinion: Why Igboho Might Be Convicted For Years In Benin Republic Before Being Deported To Nigeria

Igboho was trying to evade arrest from the hands of the DSS who had invaded his house and found sophisticated weapons hidden in his apartment. His cohorts were arrested and paraded, and an arrest warrant was issued on Igboho. So, he faked travel documents in Benin Republic, that’s a serious criminal offense in the small republic that is liable of 20 years imprisonment.

Cotonou practices the civil law system where criminal trials in that system don’t last more than a day or two once magisterial investigations are concluded and suspect is charged. In the civil law system, the state is like the nanny, a magistrate supervises the judicial police investigations, then a trial magistrate receives the report of the investigating magistrate and the addresses of lawyers and trial moves pretty quickly. The trial magistrate probes and digs to seek the truth and not necessarily proof.

In our adversarial common law criminal justice system, we seek proof primarily. The state is supposed to be passive/neutral in court. The report is that Nigeria’s extradition request has been turned down. But let’s wait and see. If he was arrested with fake beinoise passport/ travel documents. Then a couple of things can happen quickly, the investigation would have been over, it’s forgery. He might earn a not-too-short prison sentence if convicted. If they have no money to feed an extra inmate in their prison, he would be deported.

Looks like Igboho is in a peculiar mess, deportation means being handed over to the FG. Deportation with a criminal conviction on his neck means being handed over in chains and to be kept in chains in a Nigerian prison, perhaps. Benin Republic prison Centrale is a very efficient agency of the government, if there are prima facie proof of the alleged offense, they will imprison him for such a long time as the law prescribed, and he will be fed without any need of repatriating him back home.

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