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Diplomatic stalemate in Benin over Igboho’s detention, extradition

Diplomatic stalemate in Benin over Igboho’s detention, extradition
As extradition battle begins in Republic of Benin following Monday’s arrest of embattled campaigner for Yoruba self-determination

• As extradition battle begins in Republic of Benin following Monday’s arrest of an embattled campaigner for Yoruba self-determination, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, his supporters, yesterday, took to the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to protest his arrest and detention by Beninoise authorities.Sympathisers took to the street in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, yesterday asking for the Benin Republic authorities to release Igboho immediately.” Also in Republic of Benin, some Yoruba people residing in Cotonou thronged the nation’s court, where it is believed the extradition hearing of Igboho will be held.They said they have confidence in the Benin Republic justice system, expressing optimism that Igboho will be freed.

EXPLAINING the extradition process, Akin Oyebode, a professor of international law and jurisprudence, noted that Nigeria is part of a quadripartite extradition agreement of 1984, between Nigeria, Togo, Benin Republic and Ghana.If you are fleeing Nigeria, it is ill advised to go through Benin Republic.

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