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Why Benin Republic did not hand over Sunday Igboho to Buhari – Femi Falana

HUMAN rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has disclosed that the Benin Republic government refused to put the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularlly called Sunday Igboho, on a waiting plane after the arrest of the agitator in July.

Falana in an interview with BBC News Yoruba, disclosed that the administration of President Patrice Talon informed the Nigerian Government that obeying the law is sacrosanct to them.

Falana said, The Nigerian government asked the Benin Republic government to repatriate Sunday Igboho. In fact, we heard they had even sent an aircraft to be used to bring him down to Abuja. The Benin government made its Nigerian counterpart to understand that this is not a lawless society.”

“Benin Republic told Nigeria: ‘we are heading to court. Without us going to court, we cannot hand Igboho over to you’. This is the reason why Igboho’s case is ongoing over there. And that is how it is supposed to be under the law.”

“The judge will critically look into Nigeria’s demands, why Nigeria wants to repatriate Igboho from Cotonou to Abuja. That is what the law of Benin says; in fact that is what the Nigerian law also says.”

It will be recalled that Sunday Igboho was arrested in Benin Republic while trying to board a flight to Germany alongside his wife, Ropo.

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