“Sunday Igboho’s asylum request in Benin Republic will be decided this week” – Lawyer

An asylum request filed in Benin Republic by Sunday Igboho will reportedly be determined this week, one of his lawyers has revealed.

It can be recalled that the activist and his wife were arrested at Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on their way to Germany.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been pushing for the freedom fighter’s extradition to Nigeria to face charges bordering on claims of illegal arms importation, civil unrest, and plots to disintegrate Nigeria by pushing for an independent nation of the Yoruba people, one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria.

His lawyers said they delayed the application for his bail pending the outcome of the asylum request, noting that they are desperate to ensure that he is not sent back to Nigeria.

Olasupo Ojo, one of the lawyers, said though there had not been an official statement from Benin Republic government on the asylum request, there is hope that a position will be made known this week.

He told the Punch that, “no official position on the asylum request but we are expecting feedback this week”.

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