Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho)
Lead counsel for arrested Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, has described as inhuman, the treatment his client was being subjected to in the custody of the police in Benin Republic.
The counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu ( SAN), disclosed this to the Punch in an interview on Tuesday night.
He said: “They chained him in the cell where they put him in Cotonou. There was a fracas at the airport yesterday when he was arrested. They hit him in the hand and that same hand was handcuffed, he is in pain and he was weeping like a child when I called, I heard him.
“The wife too was put in a separate cell but they didn’t chain the wife. He was crying, the wife was crying too (because) he was writhing in pains seriously. We only pray they don’t pay anybody to kill him. You don’t put somebody in a cell and still chain the person.
“You know he sustained injury and they didn’t take him to hospital for treatment. We heard that he is appearing in court tomorrow but I don’t know whether they will carry it out.”
Sunday Igboho was arrested together with his wife, Ropo, while trying to catch a flight to Germany on Monday night. Nigeria is believed to be making efforts to extradite him to Nigeria as soon as possible.
The activist’s lawyers argue that this is against the existing pact between the two countries and are pushing for his release