Yoruba Nation advocate, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, on Thursday evening with his wife was tried before the Cour D’appel De Cotonou, Benin Republic, for about six hours over the two passports he had and the legality of the extradition request from Nigeria.
One of the Beninese Court officials told SaharaReporters that Igboho could not be released because the court was prosecuting Igboho’s case in relation to the extradition request from Nigeria and not because he committed any offence in the West African country.
“That was why he was returned to the police custody and not remanded in the prison. Igboho was carrying only two passports – his German and Nigerian passports, and so, the Beninese government had no issues with him. He was already on the plane with his wife when he was identified and arrested.
“So, he was returned to the police custody so that the extradition hearing could continue on Friday (today) or possibly Monday. If he were a criminal suspect in Benin Republic, he would have been remanded in prison,” the official said.
SaharaReporters had reported that the Cour De’appal De Cotonou, Benin Republic, where Igboho and his wife were arraigned on Thursday ordered the wife to be released the same evening.
SaharaReporters had learnt from court officials that the court ruled that Igboho should be returned to custody.
“They just finished from court. The wife is to be released tonight and Sunday is to remain in custody. The matter was adjourned till Friday,” an official had said.
SaharaReporters had reported that Sunday Igboho was awaiting his fate at the Cour D’appel De Cotonou, Benin Republic, following his arraignment by the authorities of the country.
Meanwhile, the court has adjourned the hearing slated for today, Friday to Monday.
This was confirmed by his Beninese lawyer, Rafael Huvehnou, who told SaharaReporters that Igboho will remain in police custody till the said date.
According to him, if Igboho is found guilty, he will be sanctioned accordingly but if otherwise, he will be set free.
He said, “I have to respect the secret of instruction but what I can tell you is that his wife has been released since she has not committed any offence and there’s no complaint whatsoever against her. Also, her passport has been returned to her but Igboho will remain in police custody till Monday, 26th of July.
“If he is found guilty of the charges levelled against him, he will be judged accordingly but if not, he will be released.”