Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba secessionist activist, has applied for asylum in Germany and “hopes to make a similar application in Benin Republic,” according to a person close to the situation.
Recall that the 48-year-old was detained by the International Criminal Police Organization at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, on Monday, July 19, 2021, together with his wife, Ropo, a German citizen who was later released by a Benini court.
According to a report, Igboho is facing trial in the Cour De’appal De Cotonou for migration-related issues after he was allegedly caught with a fake Beninese passport at the point of his departure to Germany through an Air France flight.
“He (Igboho) was already at the airport with a passport. The immigration officers suspected his passport to be fake and so they stopped him. A passport was allegedly forged for Igboho in the Benin Republic for the purpose of the Germany trip. At the airport, they discovered he was the one,” a source familiar said.
“Igboho has already applied for asylum in Germany and he hopes to file a similar application in Benin Republic in the coming days,” the source added.
According to the source, despite the Nigerian government being mum on the issue, it sent a representative to the court on Thursday to accuse Igboho to be a gunrunner.
“The Nigerian Government has made attempts to get him (Igboho) but Benin Republic didn’t release him. The Nigerian Government has requested him but the Beninese Government has not released him because the latter has not even identified him as a Nigerian.
“The only instrument they can use to identify him as a Nigerian is the passport, but that is not what was found on him.”
The source added;
“The Nigerian Government was in court on Thursday through its legal representatives. They demanded that Igboho be remanded pending the time the government would file proper documents for his extradition. The Nigerian government told the court that Igboho is a gunrunner and appealed to the court to remand Igboho until further notice.
“Nothing is happening on extradition for now because the priority case for the Benin Republic is that he is alleged to have committed an offence against their law.
“So, they can’t hold any extradition hearing until they get to the root of the matter on how he got the Benin Republic passport.
“I am suspecting that even if the court orders his release, he will be rearrested because of the Nigerian Government’s accusation that he is a gunrunner.”
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