The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams has described the continuous detention of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, Igboho without trial as misplacement of justice, insisting the Benin court has no respect for human rights.
He, however, applauded the efforts of the activist's counsel, Chief Yomi Aliyyu (SAN), to seek redress from the ECOWAS court.
Iba Adams, in a statement issued on Tuesday, February 8, and sent to Legit.ng by his special assistant on media, Kehinde Aderemi, expressed disappointment at the manner with which the Republic of Benin handled Igboho's case.
He added that with the continuous detention, it is evident that Igboho's rights have been violated by the Republic of Benin Court, saying his prolonged detention has shown that the laws of Benin Republic are no respecter of human rights.
Iba Adams said:
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"There was misplacement of justice in the way Igboho's detention was extended without trial.It is evident that Benin Republic has taken Igboho's case far beyond the normal legal procedures"
"He never committed any crime. He was just expressing his displeasure under the ambit of law, however, despite the fact that there were no criminal charges against him, the Benin Republic Court still detained him unjustly without trial."
Calling for more efforts
While urging Yoruba in the diaspora to present Igboho's case to the global communities, Adams stated further that efforts should be made to seek redress from the African Union Court (AUC) or International Court of Justice(ICJ) as it was done with Sowore's case.
He affirmed thus:
"The extension of the detention of Igboho further exposed the frailty in the administration of justice.The young man's rights have been abused without trial. He had not been convicted of any offence. The law of any country that claims to be guided by the rule of law should be explicit on the rights of the individual citizen,”
"Having spent over six months unjustly in Benin detention, it is sad that the young man's rights have been trampled upon, especially,
for spending much longer than it should be for a person who had not been convicted of any offence and a person who is not a criminal by any standard."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that in his resolve to stem the tide of insecurity in the state, Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, has appointed the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams as the state's ambassador for the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) better known as Amotekun.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, the governor also presented a brand new Jac Pick up Van to Aare Adams as a pilot vehicle with three members of the security outfit as part of Adams' security entourages.
The Aare Onakakanfo while receiving the van applauded the governor's courage in ensuring that Oyo state is safe for all residents.