Why he Will Remain In Benin Prison – Sunday Igboho’s Lawyer
Olusegun Falola, yesterday said that Yoruba nation agitator Sunday Igboho is being kept in Benin Republic prison to protect him
According to his statement, Sunday Igboho is covered by ECOWAS protocols to which Nigeria and Benin Republic are signatories, adding that there are no criminal charges against him.
Falola said: “Though the laws of Benin Republic do not allow a person to be detained in police custody beyond one week, authorities in the Benin Republic believe that setting Igboho free at the time the matter was still generating a lot of heat in local and international circles might also expose him to danger.”
The lawyer explained that authorities in Benin Republic felt that they owe Igboho a duty to provide him security and protection till the furore generated by his arrest calms down.
His lawyer who is optimistic that Igboho will be discharged and acquitted, said: “Igboho has not committed any offence here. He did not even stay here up to one day before he was arrested. He was arrested at the airport on his way out.
However, Falola said he has not seen him since Monday, but his wife is allowed to see him,
He later added that his processing for permission to see him.
Read everything his Lawyer said below…
“I have not seen him since Monday, but his wife is allowed to see him. I am processing for permission to see him. But I see his wife from time to time. We spoke about two hours ago. She said he is very safe where he is now. He was given medical attention immediately after he got to the prison. “The new place is far better than thepolice cell because he will no longer be in handcuffs. He enjoys full protection and comfort where he is being kept. There is an instruction that he should not be made to feel like a prisoner or criminal. He is nota convict yet.
“About the next court appearance, we have not gone back to the court because that is not how we do it here. It takes some two weeks or months before we can do anything on the matter.