Yoruba nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) on Thursday appeared in a Beninoise court in Cotonou on immigration-related offences.
EyewitnessMedia had reported that he is expected back in court Friday, after the adjournment of the ongoing trial yesterday (Thursday).
While information about the nature of the “immigration-related offences” remained scanty, a source said Igboho may have to defend the allegation of holding a fake passport with which he was about to travel to Europe before his arrest at the Cotonou Airport on Monday night.
Igboho was declared wanted on July 2 after a raid on his Ibadan residence by Security Operatives.
His supporters were in court on Thursday but nobody was allowed into the court room except lawyers as Igboho was brought from police custody to the court late afternoon.
The agitator came to court with his wife, Ropo, who was freed and her German passport, seized when she was arrested along with her husband, released to her.
It was also learnt that the Nigerian government did not file extradition charges against Igboho. Rather, it requested the government of Benin Republic to hold him pending the time criminal charges will be filed against him in a Nigerian court. Thereafter, Nigeria will ask him to be repatriated home to face the charges.
Igboho was arrested on Monday night in Cadjèhoun Airport, Cotonou with a “fake” Beninoise passport while trying to flee to Germany. The Nigerian government, through its Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Tukur Buratai, had mounted pressure on the Beninoise government on extraditing Igboho to Nigeria.
It was gathered that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote two letters to the government of the West African country and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho.
Buratai had in the letters described the activist as a terrorist and murderer.
“Nigeria had written two letters to the West African state, describing Igboho as a terrorist and murderer. The first letter was written on July 7th. A second letter describing his bodily features was passed on to the Benin Republic on Wednesday.
He is expected to be arraigned for immigration-related offences in Benin Republic on Thursday after a deft move by the Buhari government to bring him back to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Igboho hired a Beninoise lawyer identified as Rafael Huvehnou. Huvehnou is currently an attorney to the President of the Benin Republic.
“Igboho had given a statement to the police. He was travelling with a Beninoise passport adjudged to be fake.