- The possibility of Sunday Igboho's extradition to Nigeria is now hanging on a balance in Benin Republic
- A Beninoise court will sit to hear Igboho's case and decide if he will be sent back to his homeland to face prosecution
- Igboho's media aide, Olayomi Koiki, revealed on Wednesday, July 21, that the hearing will take place on Thursday, July 22
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A court in Benin Republic has fixed Thursday, July 22, to convene for the extradition hearing of Sunday Igboho, the embattled Yoruba activist.
This scheduled hearing was disclosed by Igboho's spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, on Wednesday, July 21, PM News reports.
The Yoruba secessionist who is still in the custody of Brigade criminelle in Cotonou will know his fate during the hearing, The Nation added.
Avenue to defend Igboho
Koiki on Wednesday noted that the hearing will afford Igboho's legal team the avenue to present and defend the activist's case.
“I can confirm, he will have the opportunity to be heard at the Benin Republic court, they respect international law. It will be held today (Thursday) by God’s grace. The sitting will be held at 10am in the morning at the Benin Republic court.
“The court will determine the fate of the extradition and we’ll also have the opportunity to present our case especially on the personality of Igboho.
“We know the magnitude of what the Nigerian government is trying to do if they try to get hold of Igboho but they will fail, by God’s grace. Their intention was to capture him (Igboho), but God fought for him.”
Sunday Igboho flown to Germany?
Meanwhile, the lawyer of Sunday Igboho, Yomi Alliyu, had reacted to social media reports claiming that the Yoruba nation agitator had been released from custody.
A former commissioner in Osun state, Professor Wale Adeniran, told the press on Tuesday, July 20, that Igboho’s lawyers confirmed to him that the activist was still being held by the authorities in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Adeniran dismissed the trending reports claiming that the agitator had been released and flown to Germany.