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Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, is currently being tried behind closed doors at the Cour D’Appel De Cotonou Africa Today News, New York can confirm.
Journalists and his supporters were barred from the court proceeding.
However, it was gathered that only his lawyers and wife were allowed to witness the proceeding.
Africa Today News, New York recalls that the Beninese court had last Thursday adjourned Igboho’s case till Monday after his five lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.
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The Beninese authorities have, however, released Ropo, the agitator’s wife, who was arrested with the 48-year-old activist on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany.
On his part, Igboho was returned to police custody.
Igboho is in court for possible extradition charges.
Many supporters of Yoruba Nation agitator had thronged the court on Monday to witness the trial of the activist.
This is despite earlier warnings that Benin Republic courts are not used to large crowds during sittings.
Some of the supporters had arrived in Benin Republic on Sunday with a Yoruba group offering free accommodation.
The counsel insisted that only a Nigerian passport was found on the Yoruba rights activist, adding that he was not being tried for possessing a fake passport.
Following the bloody raid on his Sooka residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, the Department of State Services had earlier claimed local and international driving licences in his name. ATM cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name, and a passport were allegedly recovered.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK