Journalists and supporters of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known Sunday Igboho, have been barred from court as his trial resumes behind closed doors at the Cour D’Appel De Cotonou.
Igboho’s supporters were in court as early as 7:30am on Monday, anticipating the arrival of the activist, who was arrested at an airport last Monday.
His trial was scheduled for 10am on Monday.
According to reports, Igboho was brought to court earlier than anyone else to avoid the possibility of any drama or clash.
It was gathered that Igboho is now at the “phase of law enforcement” in the court, and currently indoors with the prosecutor in charge.
Monarchs from Benin Republic, who came to court to support Igboho has also been sitting outside the courtroom.
Police officers, Igboho’s supporters, other detainees and journalists are outside anticipating information from the prosecutor’s office.
Igboho and his wife, Ropo, who is a German citizen, were arrested at an airport in Cotonou last week, and detained at the request of the Nigerian government.
His lawyers requested the release of his wife on the grounds that she had committed no offence against the Nigerian state.
On Thursday, the court answered the prayers and ordered her release and a return of her passport.
Igboho was taken to detention, where he has been up until Monday.
The charges against the Yoruba nation activist border on arms smuggling, inciting violence and calling for a secession of the Yoruba from the Nigerian state.
Igboho and his lawyers have denied all the allegations levelled against him.