Ibrahim David Salami, the counsel for embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, AKA Sunday Igboho, in the Benin Republic, has said that the rights activist was arrested with Nigerian and German passports, contrary to the claim that he was found with a Beninese passport.
Igboho is not a citizen f the small West African country, so, he doesn’t have the right to possess such. Some outlets had reported that the Yoruba Nationa activist was tried for possessing a Beninese passport despite not being a citizen of the country.
Speaking with BBC Yoruba, Salami said It is not true that his client was seen with a Beninese passport when he was arrested alongside his wife, Ropo while trying to fly to Germany.
“What was found on him were Nigerian and German passport. His wife had only her German passport on her at the point of arrest.”
Following the bloody raid on Igboho’s Sooka residence at midnight of July 1, the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested and detained 13 of Igboho’s associates. During the gun duel, the secret police killed two of Igboho’s supporters later identified as Adogan and Alfa.
DSS had presented seven AK-47 rifles allegedly recovered during the raid on Igboho’s house on July 1, as well as three pump-action guns, 30 fully charged AK-47 magazines, 5,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, five cutlasses, one jack-knife, one pen knife, two pistol holsters, a pair of binoculars, a wallet containing $5, local and international driving licences in his name, ATM cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name, two whistles, 50 cartridges and 18 walkie-talkies.
Other items found include three charm jackets/traditional body armour, two laptops, one Toshiba and one Compaq laptop, Igboho’s passport and those of his aides.
The development had made the Federal Government had alleged that Igboho is trying to acquire a new passport to flee the country. It added that the government had placed Igboho on the stop-list in order to facilitate his arrest and directed the security agencies to apprehend him anywhere he is found.
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