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JUST IN: Benin Republic Stalls Igboho’s Extradition Court Hearing

The Republic of Benin Government has stalled the extradition court hearing of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as (Sunday Igboho) after he was not brought before a court sitting in Cotonou. Igboho is being held by Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou after he was arrested for having a forged passport at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, with his wife on their way to Germany on Monday night.

He was earlier declared wanted by the Nigerian Secret Service (DSS) in July after his house in Ibadan was raided on 1st of July, 2021. It was learnt that under the agreements between the two countries (Nigeria and Benin Republic), Sunday Igboho’s extradition to Nigeria should be concluded without hindrance.

However, the extradition hearing could not hold in Cotonou as the Benin Authorities did not present Igboho before the court on Thursday, there are no clear reasons why the proceedings did not commence on Wednesday 21st of July. Igboho’s wife, Mrs Ropo Adeyemo who was arrested with him at the airport, is a German citizen.

According to reports, 9JAFOCUS gathered that; Igboho had filed for political asylum in Germany before his arrest. Barrister Yomi Alliyu, Igboho’s lawyer, had said the Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin does not include political fugitives.

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