Ibrahim Salami, the lawyer of Sunday Igboho, has revealed, new charges have been filed against Sunday Igboho after Monday’s hearing, where Igboho was ordered to remain in police custody.
The judge said he might have had some criminal association while in Benin, calling for further investigation on his entrance and staying in the country. The Lawyers who are representing Sunday Igboho were all shocked to see how the case turned out.
The law professor said Igboho was further remanded to allow police to conduct a thorough investigation into the charges, which included illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers, and an attempt to cause civil unrest.
Ibrahim Salami had expected that Igboho would be freed on Monday because the Federal Government had yet to file formal extradition charges against Igboho.
“If Igboho wanted to cause problems in Benin, he would have stayed longer in the country, but he was willing to leave the country less than 24 hours after coming to Benin,” he said
He stated that;
“The previous allegations that warranted placing Igboho on a watchlist had successfully being tackled during the hearing. Some of the allegations are trafficking in arms, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance, and causing disunity in Nigeria.
“First, the judge ruled that Sunday Igboho entered into the Benin Republic through an illegal means. They also want to investigate how Sunday Igboho conspired with others to enter the Benin Republic through wrong means.
“They also want to know how long he has been in Benin republic and his plans in the country. They also raised a charge on whether he wants to come and cause unrest or social disturbance in the Benin Republic.”
Igboho and his wife were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, the Republic of Benin on their way to Germany
When they were arraigned last Thursday, the Beninese court adjourned the case till Monday (yesterday) after Igboho’s five lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.