Beninese court orders return of Sunday Igboho to police custody

Beninese court orders return of Sunday Igboho to police custody

Cour De’Appel De Cotonou has returned Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popular known as Sunday Igboho, to police custody pending further investigation.


The activist was returned to cell after a 13-hour hearing, which ended around 11:20 pm on Monday.


The case was heard behind closed doors as the court limited attendance to lawyers, Igboho’s wife, Ropo, and a few others.


Journalists and Igboho’s supporters who thronged the court in the large numbers were denied access.


Details of the judgment are sketchy as of the time of filing this report.


The police dispersed the supporters and journalists from the premises of the Cour De’appel De Cotonou.


But some of the supporters reconverged at Marina Roundabout some minutes after, awaiting judgement.


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Igboho and his wife were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany


When they were arraigned last Thursday, the Beninese court adjourned the case till Monday (today) after Igboho’s five lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.


The Beninese authorities released Ropo – the agitator’s wife, while the 48-year-old activist was returned to police custody.


The lawyers had after Thursday’s hearing said that prosecutors claimed Igboho was on a watchlist for alleged trafficking in arms, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance and causing disunity in Nigeria.


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Details later…