The Cour De’Appel De Cotonou, Benin Republic, on Monday, started the cross-examination of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, extra generally referred to as Sunday Igboho, over his entry into the West African nation allegedly by the backdoor.
Sources instructed SaharaReporters that the case of Igboho was now versus the Beninese authorities, because the accusations introduced in opposition to him by the Nigerian authorities to demand his extradition had now been quashed by the courtroom.
The sources from the courtroom added that Igboho now needed to clarify to the Benin Republic courtroom why he entered the nation with out the mandatory paperwork.
“Yesterday, the judges arrived at a conclusion at past 11pm and the charges levelled against him (by the Nigerian government) were dropped. Firstly, illegal supply of firearms to Nigeria, then the second accusation of causing unrest in the country and that he wanted to cause Nigeria to be divided. Those were the three charges levelled against him before but as of yesterday, they had been dropped,” one of many sources mentioned.
“The case is now about why he came to Benin Republic illegally and why he had not obtained the papers. This is now a Benin Republic versus Igboho matter and not Nigeria versus Igboho.
“The lawyer was telling me this morning that the charges levelled against Igboho were surprising but that they would try to apply for his bail so he can go to Germany for medical care and when it is time for the next sitting, he will come from there.”
SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the Nigerian authorities assembled no less than six attorneys on the Cour De’Appel De Cotonou in its determined bid to safe the extradition of Igboho.
SaharaReporters had acknowledged that the attorneys, each French and English talking, nonetheless, did not persuade the courtroom after a 13-hour trial on Monday as to why Igboho must be extradited.
“The court session took no less than 13 hours because of frequent breaks in-between. Also, the Beninese court system is different from the system of law in Nigeria.
“Nigerian courts have an adversarial system of justice but Benin Republic has an inquisitorial system; a justice system in which the judge takes the matter on himself to inquire like an investigator, asking questions and probing the two parties,” a authorized supply had mentioned.
“So, the court was actually investigating the three main allegations brought against Igboho by the Federal Government of Nigeria which claimed that Igboho was a gun runner, a terrorist and a criminal who wanted to divide Nigeria. All these could not be proven by the lawyers,” the supply mentioned.
SaharaReporters learnt that the Cour De’Appel De Cotonou had no alternative than to order Igboho to stay in police custody pending additional investigation.
The activist was returned to cell after a 13-hour listening to, which ended round 11: 20pm on Monday.