The Benin Republic government has filed new charges against Sunday Adeyemo, the arrested Yoruba Nation activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Ibrahim Salami, one of the Cotonou, Benin Republic-based lawyers of Sunday Igboho, disclosed the new charges after Monday’s hearing.
The Yoruba activist appeared at the Cour d’appel de Cotonou for hearing over his case on Monday, with the proceedings lasting 13 hours.
Speaking to the BBC Yoruba, Salami explained that the defence legal team had expected Igboho to be freed on Monday because the Federal Government had yet to file formal extradition charges against Igboho.
He, however, stated that his client was slammed with fresh charges when he appeared on Monday.
The law professor said Igboho was further remanded to allow police to conduct a thorough investigation into the charges, which included illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil unrest.
He said: “First, the judge ruled that Sunday Igboho entered into the Benin Republic through an illegal means. They also want to investigate how Sunday Igboho conspired with others to enter Benin Republic through wrong means.
“They also want to know how long he has been in Benin republic and his plans in the country. They also raised a charge on whether he wants to come and cause unrest or social disturbance in Benin Republic.”
The lawyer said there were nine lawyers who represented Igboho at the Beninese court, and they were all shocked to see how the case turned out.
He said the court eventually ruled that Igboho be held in a Beninese prison until the investigation is concluded.
The 48-year-old Igboho was arrested alongside his wife on 19 July by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on their way to Germany.
The arrest comes three weeks after operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) raided Igboho’s house in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in a bid to arrest him.
He, however, escaped, although two persons were killed and 12 persons were arrested, while arms and ammunition were reportedly retrieved from his residence by the secret agents.
Igoboho has been declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS) on allegations of stockpiling arms to destabilise the country, an allegation which he has since denied.
Igboho was arraigned before the Cour d’appel de Cotonou by the Beninese authorities last Thursday reportedly for immigration-related offences, particularly being in possession of a Benin Republic passport even though he is not a citizen of the country.
The Nigerian government had last Thursday sent representatives to court in Benin Republic Iand accused Igboho of importing firearms.