JUST IN: Beninese police uncuff Igboho, grant him access to wife

JUST IN: Beninese police uncuff Igboho, grant him access to wife
File: Sunday Igboho

Embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Ighoho, has been uncuffed and granted access to his wife by the security operatives in Benin Republic on Monday.

This was disclosed by the Communications Manager of Ilana Omo Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, while giving an update on the state of Igboho's health, according to The PUNCH.

WuzupNigeria reported that Igboho was arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, alongside his wife, Ropo – who has since been released, while trying to fly to Germany at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, and was remanded in the custody of Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou.

Speaking as Igbhoh appeared before the Beninese court on July 26, Adeleye said, "We are pleased to inform all Yoruba People and well-wishers that the Security Operatives in Benin Republic have removed a leg chain and hand-cuff from Chief Ighoho since Saturday evening.

"Chief Ighoho's Wife has now been granted access to meet her husband three times daily.

"Medical Personnel provided by our legal team have examined Chief Sunday Adeyemo.

"We reiterate that Chief Ighoho is not under any immigration-related probe in Benin Republic.

"Chief Sunday Adeyemo will appear in court this morning in Benin Republic to face the likely extradition charges to be brought against him by the Nigerian Government.

"We urge supporters from Nigeria not to bother coming to the court premises in Bénin. Kindly stay in Nigeria and support with prayers and whatever you can do within the ambit of the law. We are confident that Chief Igboho shall be set free."

Ibrahim Salami, one of the Cotonou, Benin Republic-based lawyers of the Yoruba Nation agitator had complained that his rights were being abused.

He said, "We are five lawyers defending him. When we saw him in the police station, he was not chained in the leg or beaten. What they did to him that is wrong was that they handcuff him inside the cell such that he finds it difficult to eat or ease himself. Another person has to help him if he needs to use the toilet or eat.

"Human right does not permit us to do this. We called the attention of the police boss and prosecutor to it. As we speak, he is still handcuffed."