Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), counsel to Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, has has alleged that his client is being subjected to inhumane treatment as well as harrowing torture and pains in police custody in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
Alliyu, in a statement on Tuesday evening, said Igboho is being treated less than an animal in police custody based on what he termed “order from above,” adding that he would appear in court on Wednesday, for an extradition order.
He alleged further that he has information from a police source that Igboho has been put in a painful condition and subjected to torture as his legs and hands were allegedly tied like an animal.
“Just about three minutes ago, I got a call from a reliable source from the authorities in the Republic of Benin that Sunday Igboho has been put in a very dehumanising condition in a police cell in Cotonou.
“The police source told me that they are under instruction by an order from the above that Igboho should be chained like an animal waiting to be slaughtered. He told me that Igboho was tightly chained to the floor and he is in serious pains.
“While I was talking to the police officer on the telephone, I can hear our client crying and asking that the chains should be removed and that he is pains. But the officer told him that they cannot remove the chains as they are acting on instruction,” he said.
Alliyu insisted that the extradition order being sought by the Nigerian authorities may not likely sail through, given the status of Igboho as a political offender.
“I know that our client, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho Oosa), would be taken to a court in Cotonou, the capital of the Republic of Benin, tomorrow, Wednesday.
“The Nigerian authorities and security operatives that arrested him would be approaching the court for an extradition order to bring Sunday Igboho back to Nigeria.
“But it is not likely that the extradition order being sought for would sail through. This is because of the status of our client as a political offender who enjoys immunity against extradition. Like I said in a press release earlier today, even his arrest by security operatives was against the political nature of his offence.
“There is an existing extradition treaty between four West African countries, including Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and Republic, which grants Igboho immunity from being extradited from the Republic of Benin.
“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. 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.
“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,” he added.