One of the lawyers to Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, Olusegun Falola, has noted that the activist may be killed if the Beninese court releases him at this moment.
Falola warned that there is still tension between the federal government of Nigeria and the Benin Republic government.
He further stated that the resumption of Igboho’s trial might take two weeks or months in court and only the judges can determine the next day of trial.
Falola who happens to be a Doctor of Philosophy, who teaches law in one of the Beninoise universities made this claim in an interview with Nation on Thursday.
He said, “Though the laws of Benin Republic do not allow a person to be detained in police custody beyond one week, authorities in the Benin Republic believe that setting Igboho free at the time the matter was still generating a lot of heat in local and international circles might also expose him to danger.”
“Igboho has not committed any offence here. He did not even stay here up to one day before he was arrested. He was arrested at the airport on his way out.”
“Space and time were not enough to link him with any criminal issue here. This has made it difficult to say his mission here is to cause trouble or commit a crime. He was arrested because of political issues emanating from Nigeria.”
“His continued incarceration here is to allow things to calm down and for peace to reign between Nigeria and Benin Republic. We have no criminal allegation against him in the Benin Republic.”
“Anyone that insists that we should set Igboho free now only wants him killed. He can be killed, which may cause more problems.”
“I have not seen him since Monday, but his wife is allowed to see him. I am processing for permission to see him. But I see his wife from time to time. We spoke about two hours ago. She said he is very safe where he is now. He was given medical attention immediately after he got to the prison.”
“The new place is far better than the police cell because he will no longer be in handcuffs. He enjoys full protection and comfort where he is being kept. There is an instruction that he should not be made to feel like a prisoner or criminal. He is not a convict yet.”
“About the next court appearance, we have not gone back to the court because that is not how we do it here. It takes some two weeks or months before we can do anything on the matter.”
“As a matter of fact, it is the judges that can do something about the next court appearance.”
Source: Naija News