Nigerian Human Right lawyer Femi Falana, has narrated how Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin Republic Tukur Buratai, was allegedly told that the country follows rule of law when he asked for Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho to be handed over to him after his arrest.
In an interview on Channels Television on Thursday July 29, Falana claimed that Buratai made the request when he had not submitted his letter of credence to Benin Republic’s President.
“In the case of Sunday Igboho, again despite my disagreement with him, I came out to say you cannot just throw him into a waiting plane as we were told, it was attempted.
“You have to go to court. You have to make a request under international law, under the ECOWAS convention on extradition.”
He also said that there were attempts to throw Igboho in a waiting plane for return to Nigeria.
“The government of Nigeria is requested to submit an extradition request to the government of Benin Republic and so when the plenipotentiary, General Yusuf Buratai (retired), who at that time had not submitted his letters of credence asked that Igboho be handed over to him.
“He was told, ‘sorry, we operate the rule of law here’. That is why that matter is still in court.”
Falana however added that the law guarantees the rights of self-determination. He added that the Federal Government owes it as a duty to convince the agitators by reposing confidence on the corporate existence of Nigeria.