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General News of Wednesday, 21 July 2021


How Beninese authorities chained Sunday Igboho, made him cry - Lawyer reveals

Sunday Igboho was arrested in Cotonou on Monday, July 19, 2021 Sunday Igboho was arrested in Cotonou on Monday, July 19, 2021

The arrest of Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has dominated the news cycle in Nigeria since it was made public knowledge.

As the story unfolds, truth and falsehood has been peddled by persons with personal interest in his arrest, however, one thing we know is that the separatist leader is still in the custody of Beninese authorities.

Another fact that emerged this morning Wednesday, July 21 2021 is that Igboho has been subject to inhuman treatment since he was arrested on Monday, July 20, 2021.

According to the lead counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), his client [Sunday Igboho] was chained inside the cell after he was torture on the hand and forced to cry like a baby.

Mr Alliyu said Igboho wept as they spoke on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

He added that Igboho's wife, Ropo, a German citizen who was arrested alongside the activist was also been kept in a separate cell.

Speaking with Punch, the lawyer said, “They chained him in the cell where they put him in Cotonou. There was a fracas at the airport yesterday when he was arrested. They hit him in the hand and that same hand was handcuffed, he is in pains and he was weeping like a child when I called, I heard him.

“The wife too was put in a separate cell but they didn’t chain the wife. He was crying, the wife was crying too because he was writhing in pains seriously. We only pray they don’t pay anybody to kill him. You don’t put someone in cell and still chain the person.

“You know he sustained injury and they didn’t take him to hospital for treatment. We heard that he is appearing in court tomorrow but I don’t know whether that will carry it out.”

The senior advocate, who described the arrest of his client as shocking, urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic and the international community “to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has application before the International Criminal Court duly acknowledged”.

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