Ibrahim Salami, one of the five lawyers representing Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, on Saturday, said he and other lawyers will never let the Yoruba nation agitator get extradited to Nigeria.
Igboho was arrested on Monday in Benin Republic while trying to board a flight to Germany.
He was immediately charged to court and is being held at Brigade économique et financière (BEF).
The lawyer, who is also a professor at a University in Benin Republic, in an interview with BBC Yoruba, said it will be better to kill Sunday Igboho in Cotonou than to let him go to the slaughter in Nigeria.
“What is important for us, what is paramount, is to never never never allow for the extradition of Sunday Igboho to Nigeria.
“With all that happened in his house, and how the army is threatening him, allowing for his extradition will be sending him home to death.
“Rather than do that, it would be better to keep him in Benin Republic and kill him, than to let him go to Nigeria to be slaughtered like an animal. That has been our struggle and agitation here,” he said.
Salami further stated that by law, it would be difficult for Igboho to be extradited to Nigeria because there is no extradition treaty or accord between both countries.
He, however, said that if politics get involved, then anything can happen.
“For someone to be extradited from one country to another, there must be a law between both countries, we call it accord for extradition. That accord does not exist between both countries.
“To extradite him will be difficult, but in politics, we cant say. But by law, there is no extradition accord between Nigeria and Benin,” Salami said.
The professor also added that Igboho will return to court on Monday, stating that hopefully a verdict will be gotten on the same day.
He appreciated the support the Yoruba nation activist has gotten from US, UK, Europe, Africa and the rest of the world.