Benin Republic has filed fresh charges against Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, who was arrested in the country last Monday.
One of the Cotonou, Benin Republic-based lawyers of Sunday Igboho, Ibrahim Salami, disclosed this after Monday’s hearing, where Igboho was ordered to remain in police custody in Benin Republic.
Before the hearing, Salami had said that the legal team was expecting extradition charges from the Nigerian government against the activist.
He, however, said Sunday Igboho was confronted with fresh charges when he appeared in court, on Monday.
The law professor further said Igboho was remanded to allow police conduct a thorough investigation into the charges, which included illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil unrest.
He explained that the previous allegations that warranted placing Igboho on a watchlist had successfully been tackled during the hearing.
Some of the allegations, which he said could not be proved, are arms trafficking, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance and causing disunity in Nigeria.
“First, the judge ruled that Sunday Igboho entered into Benin Republic through an illegal means. They also want to investigate how Sunday Igboho conspired with others to enter Benin Republic through wrong means.
“They also want to know how long he has been in Benin Republic and his plans in the country. They also raised a charge on whether he wants to come and cause unrest or social disturbance in Benin Republic,” the lawyer said in an interview with BBC Yoruba.
Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, while trying to board a flight to Germany.
When they were arraigned last Thursday, the Beninoise court adjourned the case till Monday, after the Yoruba activist’s lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.
The court released Ropo, who is a German citizen, while the 48-year-old activist was remanded in police custody.