Legal luminary, Femi Falana SAN, says the Benin Republic government refused to put self-styled activist, Sunday Adeyemi, popularly called Sunday Igboho, on a waiting plane during the time of his arrest in the French-speaking country in July.
According to Falana, in an interview with BBC News Yoruba published on Tuesday, the administration of President Patrice Talon made the Muhammadu Buhari-led Nigerian Federal Government understand that obeying the law is sacrosanct to them.
“The Nigerian government asked the Benin Republic government to repatriate Sunday Igboho. In fact, we heard they had even sent an aircraft to be used to bring him down to Abuja. The Benin government made its Nigerian counterpart to understand that this is not a lawless society,” Falana said while speaking in Yoruba language.
“Benin Republic told Nigeria: ‘we are heading to court. Without us going to court, we cannot hand Igboho over to you’. This is the reason why Igboho’s case is ongoing over there. And that is how it is supposed to be under the law.
“The judge will critically look into Nigeria’s demands, why Nigeria wants to repatriate Igboho from Cotonou to Abuja. That is what the law of Benin says; in fact that is what the Nigerian law also says.”
Igboho was the arrowhead of a movement tackling herdsmen, who were terrorising farmers and rural dwellers, particularly in Ibarapa area of Oyo State.
His movement later transmogrified into one agitating for the creation of a Yoruba nation.