Lawyers Go-Head-To-Head With FG, Says Sunday Igboho Would Rather Die In Benin Republic Prison Than Be Extradited To Nigeria To Be Butchered Like An Animal
Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a. Igboho’s legal team and supporters would rather he died in Benin Republic than be given over to the Nigerian authorities, according to his lawyer, Ibrahim David Salami.
Salami promised that he would do all in his power to prevent Igboho from being extradited to Nigeria.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu of Lagos State also stated yesterday that the Southwest governors and others were working behind the scenes on Igboho’s case.
“It is critical that Igboho is not extradited to Nigeria under any circumstances,” Salami, a Beninese Yoruba and law instructor, told BBC Yoruba in an interview monitored by The Nation.
He stated, “It is preferable for him to die here in Benin than to be sent to Nigeria.”
“Giving up to his extradition will akin to sending him home to die, given what happened in his house and how the army is threatening him.
“Rather than letting him go to Nigeria to be butchered like an animal, it would be preferable to keep him in Benin and kill him.
“Here in Benin, that has been our struggle and agitation.”
He predicted that the activist will learn his fate tomorrow, when the court will decide if he committed an offense in Nigeria that warranted his extradition.
According to him, the federal government has written the Beninese government a letter outlining three charges against Adeyemo: illegal arms trafficking/stockpiling, public incitement, and secession.
Salami said the legal team of five in Benin has been receiving immense moral support from the Yoruba across the world since the case commenced but pleaded that those thronging the court at each hearing should keep off and allow the lawyers do their job.
Unruly behavior on their part, he argued, would not be in Igboho’s best interests because it would lend credence to the charge of incitement levied against him.
He claims that, despite the fact that Igboho is still handcuffed in jail, rumors that he was assaulted or tortured are untrue.