One of the lawyers to Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, Olusegun Falola, has noted that the activist may be killed if the Beninese court releases him at this moment.
Falola warned that there is still tension between the federal government of Nigeria and the Benin Republic government.
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He further stated that the resumption of Igboho’s trial might take two weeks or months in court and only the judges can determine the next day of trial. Falola maintained that the Yoruba nation agitator has not committed any offence in Benin Republic to warrant continued detention.
“Though the laws of Benin Republic do not allow a person to be detained in police custody beyond one week, authorities in the Benin Republic believe that setting Igboho free at the time the matter was still generating a lot of heat in local and international circles might also expose him to danger.
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“His continued incarceration here is to allow things to calm down and for peace to reign between Nigeria and Benin Republic. We have no criminal allegation against him in the Benin Republic. Anyone that insists that we should set Igboho free now only wants him killed. He can be killed, which may cause more problems,” Falola said.
Igboho was recently arrested in Cotonou while trying to travel to Germany. The agitator fled Nigeria to Benin Republic after he was declared wanted by the Department of State Services, DSS.
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DSS declared Igboho wanted after weapons were allegedly discovered in his house during a raid. The freedom fighter, however, denied being responsible for the weapons.
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