Report has emerged that arrested Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho and his wife, Ropo, filed for a political asylum over a week ago.
Igboho had been declared wanted by the Department of State Security Services, DSS, who raided his Ibadan residence, killed two occupants, arrested thirteen others and wrecked vehicles parked in the building.
Consequently, the separatist leader went underground but the long arm of the law caught up with him on Monday in Cotonou, the Benin Republic capital where he was arrested at the airport en route to Germany alongside his wife on the back of a letter the federal government of Nigeria earlier wrote its Benin counterpart labelling him a criminal fugitive.
The prominent figure in the agitation for a Yoruba nation has become a subject of extradition controversy with the Benin government insisting on playing by the rules contrary to the stance of that of Nigeria who wanted him to be brought to Abuja without delay.
The hearing to determine Igboho’s extradition or otherwise scheduled for Wednesday could not hold.
Also standing in the way of Nigeria government’s wish, per The Nation quoting an unnamed source is that Igboho and his wife filed for political asylum over a week ago and the Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excludes political fugitives from extradition.
The paper wrote: “Wednesday night the extradition case would be tough for Federal Government to win because his wife, Ropo, with whom he was arrested is a German citizen and Igboho had filed for political asylum over a week ago.
“The source further stated the Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excludes political fugitives from extradition. It was learnt efforts were ongoing over the extradition process to avoid a diplomatic row between Nigeria and Benin Republic.”