The lawyer for beleaguered Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Igboho, Ibrahim Salami, has rejected allegations that the secessionist’s trial is over a forged Beninese passport.
Poá When he was apprehended by authorities at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on Monday, the activist was only found with Nigerian and German passports, according to Salami.
Ituverava Igboho was arrested alongside his wife, Ropo, while trying to catch a flight to Germany.
glibly Some media reports had claimed that the separatist leader would be tried for obtaining a fake Beninese international passport in Cotonou.
Possessing a fake Beninese passport attracts a maximum sentence of 21 years imprisonment, if found guilty.
But speaking with BBC Yoruba, Mr Salami said, “It is not true that Benin Republic passport was found on Sunday Igboho when he was arrested.
“What was found on him were Nigerian and German passports. His wife had only her German passport on her at the point of arrest,” he added.
lgboho’s wife was freed on Thursday and her German passport was returned to her, but the court ordered that the activist be remanded in the custody of Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou as the Buhari regime failed to file charges against him.