Sunday Adeyemo, the arrested Yoruba Nation activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has arrived at the Cour d’appel de Cotonou, Benin Republic, for his trial.
This is just as the delegations from the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, have arrived in the Francophone West African nation to observe proceedings at the trial.
Igboho was arraigned before the Cour d’appel de Cotonou by the Beninese authorities last Thursday for immigration-related offences, particularly being in possession of a Benin Republic passport even though he is not a citizen of the country.
The Yoruba Nation agitator was brought to court on Monday morning, according to The Nation.
His wife, Ropo, also arrived at the court on Monday in solidarity with her husband.
Others at the court to support the activist include Yoruba monarchs based in Benin Republic, as well as other Yoruba Nation supporters.
With the commencement of the trial being imminent, Adeola Oloko, the Personal Assistant and Director of Media and Publicity to the Olubadan, confirmed that the aides of the traditional ruler have arrived in Benin Republic.
“Yes, they have arrived,” Oloko told the Punch.
Also speaking, a member of the Ooni’s delegation confirmed that the representatives of the monarch have also arrived in the country.
“Yes, we are here. We will give him feedback. Our purpose here is to get the true situation of things and report back,” the member said.
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.
The Nigerian government had on Thursday sent representatives to court in Benin Republic Iand accused Igboho of importing firearms.
The Cour d’appel asked the Nigerian government to provide evidence against the activist by the next adjourned date (today) before a request for extradition can be considered.