Igboho not released as lawyer files political asylum application

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Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho)

There are indications that agitator, Sunday Igboho, currently held in Cotonou, has filed application for political asylum in the country.

Wale Adeniran of Ilana Omo Odua, umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, gave this indication in an with The Nation on while refuting the trending that Igboho has been released.

There were unconfirmed reports concerning the release of agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho, by Beninese authorities.

However, another noted that the embattled activist was prevented from seeing lawyer by Benin Republic authorities, sources close him confirmed this evening, July 20, 2021.

Igboho was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night. Contrary trending reports, he remains in and has been released and flown Germany.

Wale Adeniran was reported by The Nation as confirming this in a Zoom conversation organised by Heritage Multimedia TV on evening.

Adeniran, a pioneer Commissioner of Education in Osun State and Director of Institute of African Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, refuted the trending reports that he has been released.

He said: “I have just spoken with lawyer. The lawyer has visited the location where he (Igboho) is been held.

“He was allowed to see him (Igboho) but they confirmed to him that they are holding him in that location.

“He was asked to come back tomorrow (Wednesday) by 8:00am to see him.

“I asked him hope they are going to play a funny game of secretly extraditing him, the lawyer told me it is possible.

“We filed an application for political asylum for him over a week ago. With that in process, he cannot be legally extradited from Benin republic. I am very confident about that.

“I handled the application myself with the immigration lawyer and he assured me that since that application has been filed, he cannot be extradited. I think we should be rest assured that he will have the opportunity to see him tomorrow.”

The quoted Adeniran as carpeting those falsely reporting that Igboho has been released.

He said: “ should people be putting out false information that he has been released which is injurious to this struggle and to the welfare and wellbeing of Igboho?”

Adeniran disclosed four international lawyers from Benin Republic, Nigeria, France, Britain are on the case but when they saw the trending news, they had to call him to confirm.

“When the lawyers saw the false information, they relaxed, I had to tell them it is false. So can you see the damage,” he added. (News Express)