The Lead Counsel for apprehended Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, Barr. Yomi Aliyu, has stated that the Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and Republic of Benin excludes all political fugitives.
Aliyu stated that the treaty has it that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution, the host country (in this case Benin) shall not release the fugitive.
The FGN had placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to block Igboho from fleeing the country after the Nigerian secret police raided his Ibadan apartment in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arresting about 12 of his assistants and killing two of them in a gun battle.
The FG then reportedly took Igboho into custody in neighbouring Cotonou on the night of Monday, July 19 while reportedly processing his extradition.
Now his lawyer says such Extradition is not legal in Igboho’s case.
“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives.” He told PUNCH.
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,” Aliyu said.
He also urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic and the international community “to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of Igboho.”