Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, suffered “severe injuries” during the raid on his Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State residence, on July 1, 2021, by the operatives of Department of State Services (DSS).
His Benin Republic-based counsel, Ibrahim Salami, disclosed this in an interview with BBC Yoruba, on Tuesday.
He stated that Igboho is still nursing some of the wounds.
According to him, the Yoruba rights activist needs to be granted bail to treat himself.
During the raid, the DSS arrested 13 of Igboho’s associates, who are currently undergoing trial, and killed two others in a “gun duel.”
“I urge his family and supporters to be patient and prayerful. They should support him with prayers. When they attacked his house in Nigeria, he jumped from the top of a building. His ribs were hurt. He was severely injured.
“In fact, he could not stand before the judge. He sat to address the judge. He needs freedom for medical attention. Those of us that are his lawyers are making a stringent effort,” Salami said.
Nigeria yet to send lawyers, file extradition charges
Facts emerged on Tuesday that the Federal Government had yet to send any lawyer or file extradition charges against Igboho.
According to Salami, no lawyer represented Nigeria in the proceedings that had been held so far.
He said: “Between God and man, Nigeria has not sent anyone. No one represented Nigeria. No representative requested that Sunday should be charged. We also did not see any correspondence or request by Nigeria that he should be extradited.
“But we are surprised that a case that was initially linked to Nigeria has now become a Benin case. No judgement has been given. He has only been remanded for further probe over his alleged infractions in Benin.
“When we realised that Nigeria did not ask for his extradition, we worked to save him from being detained.
“The court did not give any ultimatum to Nigeria to file extradition charges. Nothing like that came up. Our law does not permit giving any 20-day ultimatum.”