Police Handcuff Igboho Despite Being In Cell — Benin Lawyer

July 24, 2021
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Ibrahim Salami, a Cotonou-based lawyer for Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho, claims that the activist’s hands were tied by Benin Republic police despite his detention in a secured cell.

Salami spoke with BBC News Yoruba on Facebook Live on Saturday, which The PUNCH was watching.

He said, “We are five lawyers handling his case. When we visited Sunday Adeyemo at the police station, he was not beaten but what they did that is alien to the law here is that they handcuffed him inside the police cell after locking the cell. This makes eating and movement within the cell difficult for him to the extent that someone has been helping him in this regard.

“Apart from being a lecturer, I am also a professor of law at a university here in Benin Republic. Part of what we teach our students is human rights. Human rights frown at the action of the police.

“I called the attention of the police commander and the prosecutor to this but still nothing changed. At the moment, Sunday Igboho’s hands are in chains at the police station. This is not good at all.”

Salami further claimed that representatives of the Nigerian government told the court that Igboho is a gunrunner who attempted to divide Nigeria.

A Beninisian court had already determined on Thursday that Igboho’s German-based wife, Ropo, should be released unconditionally because she faced no charges.

The court, on the other hand, ordered that Igboho be remanded in police custody until next week, when the French-speaking court will continue hearings.

On Monday, the two were apprehended at Cotonou’s Cadjèhoun Airport as they attempted to board a trip to Germany. The Department of State Services had previously proclaimed Igboho sought for allegedly stockpiling weaponry, which he disputed. His house had also been invaded by the secret police, who killed two of his pals and arrested nearly a dozen others.

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