The embattled Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been accused of seeking for asylum in the Republic of Benin, Page 36 learnt.
It was gathered that he resorted to the option after he was arrested on Monday, by the International Criminal Police Organisation, at the Cadjèhoun Airport, in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
He is being tried 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.
A source said: “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.”
The source, who craved anonymity, however, stated that although an application had been filed for Igboho as a political refugee in Germany, processes had also been completed to file another application for asylum for him in Benin Republic.
“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 also said that there is the possibility that the Beninese government would drop the migration-related offences brought against Igboho, over alleged forgery of passport.
The Leader of Igboho’s Legal Team, Yomi Alliyu, SAN, had also in a statement noted that his Client could not be extradited, because the 1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin, and two other countries, excluded political refugees like Igboho.
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