Women Arise and Centre for Change President Joe Okei-Odumakin has urged Benin Republic not to extradite Sunday Igboho to Nigeria.
“Igboho will come to grief if he is extradited to Nigeria under the prevailing circumstances,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.
The process of repatriation began shortly after Igboho was captured, according to the DAILY POST.
The secessionist was caught on Monday and is being kept in an unidentified location by Benin authorities.
Some people said that Igboho was no longer in the adjacent country, which angered Okei-Odumakin.
She bemoaned the fact that the rumors, which have now been debunked, are harming the separatists’ ongoing asylum application.
The activist told those peddling the rumour to desist, adding that such is “an ill-wind that blows no one any good.”
Okei-Odumakin urged the Beninoise government “to speedily process and grant Igboho’s asylum application.”
She accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of treating Boko Haram, herdsmen, and bandits ravaging Northern Nigeria with leniency.
Okei-Odumakin said the way officials “romance” outlaws while victimizing and oppressing others “leave a sour taste in the mouth”.
The fiery advocate concluded that with the way and manner Nnamdi Kanu was whisked into Nigeria in circumstances yet to be fully explained, fascism is creeping upon Nigerians.
“Igboho cannot be assured safety or justice if extradited to Nigeria. He should be released from detention unconditionally and his safety and liberty guaranteed by the Republic of Benin authorities under extant international law.”
Okei-Odumakin advised the federal government to stop chasing shadows and address the patent dangers posed to the nation by “the despicable elements it is treating with kid gloves”.