It is no longer news that the Yoruba Nation separatist leader, Sunday Igboho is currently under detention in the Republic of Benin after he was arrested by the INTERPOL during the early hours of yesterday while trying to connect his flight to Germany.
Mixed reactions have continued to trail the arrest of the Yoruba activist as many are already insinuating that the same fate that befell Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) who was allegedly arrested and extradited from Kenya early last month, might happen to Igboho.
The fact of the matter is that Igboho case is different from that of Kanu in the sense that the world is already aware of his arrest and are watching closely every step the Beniniose authority would take in carrying out the extradition order from the Nigerian government.
Talking about extradition, as it stands now which I believe is a big ray of hope for Igboho, there is an Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and couple of other West African countries of which Benin Republic is one of them. In one of the articles of the 1984 Extradition Treaty, for no reason would a political offender be extradited if there is no assurance that he would get justice.
I think Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (Retd.) Who is the Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic really has his work cut out for on this complicated issue of trying to seek Igboho extradition. Even if the Beniniose government decided to play along with its Nigerian counterpart, the implication it might have on their international relations with the Western world would be better imagined than seen.
However, despite the catch 22 situation that both countries found themselves on this Igboho matter, I think there are many ways to catch a rat without harming it.