The trial of Sunday Adeyemo, the arrested Yoruba Nation activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho, resumed on Monday at the Cour d’appel de Cotonou, Benin Republic.
But unlike last Thursday, the court hearing was held behind closed doors.
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.
Many supporters of Yoruba Nation agitator had thronged the court on Monday to witness the trial of the activist.
However, they were barred from the courtroom alongside journalists, according to the Punch.
Supporters of the Yoruba Nation agitator, however, explained that they were not harassed nor sent out of the court premises.
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 last 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.