Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho who was about to board a plane from Cotonou, Benin Republic to Germany when he was arrested by Interpol, will strongly be defended by a crack team of Yoruba lawyers, it has been revealed.
Igboho’s lawyer, Yomi Alliyu (SAN) disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement.
He said Igboho was about to board a plane to Germany with his wife, Ropo who is a citizen of Germany when he was arrested by the Interpol.
Alliyu said the arrest of Igboho was shocking and appealed to the Benin Republic government and the German government to help curb the excesses of Nigerian government.
He urged the Benin Republic government to reject any application from Nigeria for Igboho’s extradition.
He added that Igboho had already filed an application before the International Court of Justice which had been acknowledged.
Igboho had been on the run after the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded his house in Ibadan.
The DSS killed two of his men, arrested some others and declared Igboho wanted.
Chief Yomi Alliyu’s statement reads:
“It is a shocking news that Nigerian Government has gotten Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho Oosa arrested by Interpol in Republic of Benin notwithstanding the political nature of his offence and what the DSS earlier said that they refrained from arresting him so as not to overheat the polity of Southwestern Nigeria.
It is advisable for the INTERPOL and Benin Republic to be aware of the savagery acts committed in our client’s house in the wee hours of 1st July, 202; between 1.00am and 3.00am; shooting their way through and killing 2 people in the process and maliciously damaging his properties in the course of that illegal invasion.
Though the invading DSS officers did not state any reason for their invasion to our client before or during invasion they later paraded 13 people and ammunitions which our client denied to be his as he is a peaceful campaigner for self-determination and it is on good record that the guns and ammunitions displayed were the same displayed in 2013 in another instance.
This could be seen on 2013 Facebook though DSS has dismissed this on their website. But what they cannot deny is that when they were leaving our clients house they left with two corpses and people arrested and nothing more except2 guns belonging to the police escorts of Mr Adisa Saheed Olalekan.
One of the people they killed was one Mr Saheed Adisa Olalekan of Oladams Motors, Osogbo, who came to Sunday Igboho’s house to discuss auto business. He came with 2 police escorts. Though the policemen were not among the people paraded to the public their guns were among those displayed.
The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo. Nigeria,Ghana and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. It also states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution the host country should not release the fugitive.
Now, Article 20 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which the four countries are signatories made agitation for self-determination a fundamental right to be protected by all countries. This made Chief Sunday Adeyemo a POLITICAL OFFENDER who cannot be deported and/or extradited by the good people of the Republic of Benin for any reason.
Secondly, that he cannot get Justice or even be killed is apparent in how those arrested in his house were detained for more than 21days now without access to their lawyers. Even the wife among them could not change her undies for 21days! Which inhuman treatment can be more this?
Again another wife of our client Mrs Ropo Adeyemo, a German Citizen, has been arrested together with her husband in Cotonou. What offence has she committed to warrant this?
We urge the good government of the Republic of Benin and international community, especially Germany, to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has application before ICC duly acknowledged.
Sgd: Chief Yomi Alliyu SAN, FCI Arb, mpic.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.