Olasupo Ojo, one of the lawyers representing Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, has said the asylum request filed on behalf of the Oodua Republic agitator in Benin Republic, will be determined this week.
Ojo said though there had not been an official statement from the Benin Republic government on the asylum request, there is hope that a position will be made known this week.
“I have not got any official report in relation to that. Yes, we are expecting feedback this week,” he told The PUNCH.
Also, Maxwell Adeleye, spokesperson for Ilana Omo Oduduwa, disclosed that the organisation is expecting a positive response from the Benin Republic government.
“We have submitted an application and we are hoping to get a positive response before the end of the week,” he said.
Ibrahim Salami, one of the Benin Republic-based lawyers on Igboho’s defence team, expressed hope of the charges against the activist being neutralised if he is granted asylum.
He confirmed that the Yoruba nation agitator was not arrested for possessing a Benin Republic passport, as he only had a Nigerian passport with a German residency card.
“When he left Nigeria, he took the backdoor into Benin. It was at the airport that security operatives stopped him that he was on the watchlist. He didn’t go against any law in Benin Republic. They didn’t find any Beninese passport on him. He had a Nigerian passport with a German residency card. He needed no visa at that point,” Salami said.
“When we understudied the case, we realised that the Nigerian government had not filed a case for extradition. They only claimed that he is wanted in Nigeria for criminal offences. Our argument is that he was arrested because of Nigeria’s request, and there is no proof to show that he is a criminal. He spent barely 24 hours in the country and filed an asylum.”