Igboho: Nigeria, Benin have no extradition treaty, case adjourned till Monday-Prof Akintoye speaks
Defence lawyer: Igboho wont be extradited to Nigeria
By Celestion Kofi, Porto Novo
The chances that arrested Yoruba self determination activist will be extradited to Nigeria is slim, Prof Banji Akintoye has said.
The leader of Ilana Omo Oodua in a statement issued on Friday, made available to Irohinoodua and signed by spokesperson, Maxwell Adeleye also debunked widespread assumptions that Nigeria and Benin Republic have extradition treaty.
Giving details of the legal fireworks in Benin Republic, Akintoye said “Yesterday, the court set Mrs. Adeyemo, lgboho’s wife free since it has been found that she has committed no offence and there’s no complain whatsoever against her. Consequently, her German passport was returned to her.
He said the Lawyers handling the case reported after the proceedings that Chief Sunday Adeyemo lgboho cannot be extradited to Nigeria because contrary to insinuations, Nigeria and Benin have no Extradition Agreement.
He said Nigeria has not been able to come up with charges that could lead the court to order lgboho’s extradition to Nigeria.
Akintoye said what Nigerian Government came up with were mere allegations against Ighoho such as trafficking in arms and inciting violence that could result in the social disturbance without evidence which the Government of Benin Republic considered spurious and untenable, and insufficient to warrant extradition.
“The case has been adjourned till Monday 26th July to allow the Nigerian Government bring up whatever evidence they may have, and Mr. lgboho has been taken back to the police custody’ Akintoye said.
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