Embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, often known as Sunday Igboho, has lambasted his over 10 legal professionals in Cotonou, Benin Republic, over their collective failure to hunt his launch after about 50 days in detention.
The detained activist spoke in a leaked audio obtained by The PUNCH.
He slammed all his Benin Republic-based legal professionals led by Ibrahim Salami for not attaining any tangible outcome on his case like his counsels in Nigeria have been making headway.
He additionally complained over his alleged maltreatment and abandonment in jail by Salami and the opposite legal professionals regardless of receiving about N5m every.
Igboho stated he was not afraid of being extradited to Nigeria “in any case Kanu is in Nigeria and we’re agitating for a similar secession”. Nnamdi Kanu, the chief of the proscribed Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, has been within the custody of the Division of State Companies since June 2021 after he was re-arrested from a international nation.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the DSS raided Igboho’s residence round 1am on July 1, 2021 earlier than he was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic on July 19, 2021.
The key police had stated it killed two of his associates and arrested about 12 others through the bloody raid.
Igboho, who narrowly escaped the bloody raid, was subsequently declared wished for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria below the pretext of Yoruba Nation, an allegation he denied.
After about three weeks in hiding in Nigeria, Igboho discovered his method to Benin Republic however luck ran out on him and he was arrested round 8pm on July 19, 2021 by the Interpol on the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou.
Igboho was arrested after the Federal Authorities notified its West African neighbours — together with Republic of Benin- that he needs to be captured.
Igboho was arrested in Cotonou when he tried boarding a flight to Germany after the Nigerian authorities notified Interpol.
He was arrested along with his spouse, Ropo, however the Cour De’appal De Cotonou ordered the discharge of the Germany-based spouse of the activist, saying there have been no allegations in opposition to her.
The Beninese court docket, nevertheless, ordered that Igboho be in jail custody within the nation whereas additional investigations could be carried out on the case in opposition to him.
Igboho, who’s now in search of asylum in Benin Republic, is dealing with allegations bordering on trafficking in arms, inciting violence and inflicting disunity in Nigeria.
A number of the different offences stated to have been dedicated by the activist bordered on getting into the Benin Republic illegally and alleged deliberate intent to trigger social unrest within the Republic of Benin.
Although presently in detention, the court docket granted the agitator entry to medical care whereas his legal professionals proceed to battle for his launch and kick in opposition to his extradition to Nigeria.
However talking within the leaked audio, Igboho stated he was not afraid of extradition. He additionally lampooned Salami and the opposite Cotonou-based legal professionals over their unprofessional conduct and incapacity to safe his launch.
He stated, “In the event that they wish to extradite me to Nigeria, allow them to go forward. I’m not afraid. In any case, Kanu is in Nigeria and we’re agitating for a similar secession.
“I’ve been right here for about two months and the legal professionals didn’t come to test on me.
“It was God who apprehended me himself not any safety official in Benin Republic. The God who arrested me will certainly launch me. That’s my religion. Even when all of the legal professionals say they’re no extra occupied with my case, God will free me. I’m no extra afraid of something.
“These ones will not be legal professionals. They known as themselves legal professionals but they couldn’t cease the choose from remanding me in a jail. Legal professionals that couldn’t prevail on the jail warders to take away handcuff from my arms for seven days. And so they have been all closely paid. A few of them bought N5m, N4m, N3m and so they can’t get the chains off my arms even though I didn’t rob anybody and didn’t commit any crime. I’m not afraid of any lawyer, allow them to do their worst. My being in jail was predetermined,” he ranted.
Talking on the allegations levelled in opposition to him by the Nigerian authorities, the activist stated he was not invited by the DSS earlier than his home was raided.
“I used to be not invited however they got here to my home with armoured tank and destroyed all the things.
“I solely complained concerning the struggling of my folks within the arms of prison herders. I entered the bush myself and chased them out however the authorities got here after me after failing to safe the folks.
“I used to be by no means with any gun throughout my Yoruba Nation rallies. We personal oil, we personal virtually all the things within the South however we endure probably the most. However we are able to’t proceed this manner.”