Supporters of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly referred to as Sunday Igboho, have gathered in their large numbers at Cour De’appal De Cotonou on Thursday.
They were in court ahead of the arraignment of Sunday Igboho, who was arrested in the country on Monday. While demanding that Igboho should not be extradited to Nigeria, the Yoruba-speaking supporters said he had committed no offence.
It had earlier been reported today that the security activist may be arraigned today before a Court of Appeal in the Benin Republic.
The rights activist was held by Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou after he was arrested at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, with his wife on their way to Germany on Monday night.
This led to protests on Wednesday in Ibadan, Cotonou, and London. In Ibadan, armed policemen dispersed his supporters who protested in the city after they marched through the road leading to the Soka area to the Soka bus stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway where they sang and demanded the release of Igboho. They were seen bearing placards with various inscriptions.
The protest which started around 1:50 pm grounded traffic in the area and some motorists had to take alternative routes.
The policemen came in about four patrol vans and a car and shot in the air to chase away the protesters
But today, in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, some Yoruba people in the city stormed the country’s court where it was believed the extradition hearing of Igboho would hold.
The protesters were seen singing solidarity songs and demanding freedom for Igboho in a video on the Facebook page of Olayomi Koiki, Igboho’s media aide. They also demanded an independent nation of the Yoruba people, saying they had confidence in the Benin Republic’s justice system.
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