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Security operatives remove leg chain, hand-cuff on Igboho, grant him access to wife

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The security operatives in Benin Republic have removed leg chain and hand-cuff from Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Ighoho.

The Communications Manager of Ilana Omo Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, disclosed this to The Punch while giving an update on the state of Igboho’s health.

He 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.

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

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“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.”

Recall that the Beninese court adjourned Igboho’s case till Monday after his five lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.

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The Beninese authorities have, however, released Ropo, the agitator’s wife, who was arrested with the 48-year-old activist on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany.

On his part, Mr Igboho was returned to police custody.

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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.

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“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.”

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