The Federal Government can’t intimidate Yoruba Nation agitators, Olayomi Koiki, spokesman for Sunday Igboho says.

Koiki made this known in a Facebook Live address on Wednesday morning as his principal spends his second night in a police cell in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

“We are not going to allow the government to intimidate us. We are not going to allow the Federal Government and politicians to deceive us.

“We must remain strong and remain calm as we get freedom for Chief Sunday Igboho and the Yoruba race,” he said.

Lead counsel for Igboho, Yomi Alliyu ( SAN), described as inhuman, the treatment his client was being subjected to in the custody of the police in the Benin Republic.

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He said, “They chained him in the cell where they put him in Cotonou. There was a fracas at the airport yesterday when he was arrested. They hit him in the hand and that same hand was handcuffed, he is in pain and he was weeping like a child when I called, I heard him.

“The wife too was put in a separate cell but they didn’t chain the wife. He was crying, the wife was crying too cease he was writhing in pains seriously. We only pray they don’t pay anybody to kill him. You don’t put somebody in a cell and still chain the person.

But Alliyu argued that “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.

“Now, 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. This made Chief Sunday Adeyemo a political offender who cannot be deported and/or extradited by the good people of the Republic of Benin for any reason.”

The senior advocate, who described the arrest of his client as shocking, urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic, and the international community “to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has an application before the International Criminal Court duly acknowledged”.

 

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