Afenifere frowns at continued detention of Igboho

Afenifere frowns at continued detention of Igboho

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has kicked at the announced extension of the incarceration of Igboho.

Afenifere made this call on Tuesday, February 8, through a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary; Mr Jare Ajayi who stated that “extending the detention of anyone who had not been convicted of any offence is against the law of any country that claims to be guided by the rule of law.”

Afenifere also disclosed the illegality behind the continued detention.

Sunday Igboho has spent about 204 days in Benin detention. This is much longer than it should be for a person who had not been convicted of any offence and a person who is not a criminal by any standard.

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“The prolongation of his detention was a negation of the announcement on Saturday by the Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Pelumi Olajengbesi, that Igboho would be released soon.

Yomi Alliyu’s decision to resort to the ECOWAS Court to challenge the extension is quite welcomed. We are prayerful that the Court will reverse the decision by the Benin Court and set Igboho free soonest.

“We call on the Benin Republic government to rescind this ruling by its court to redeem its receding image on its respect for the rule of law.

“Benin deserves a better record. Its extension of Igboho’s detention would only worsen its image if not reversed. The pan Yoruba body urged Benin not to descend to the level of Nigeria which ranks 121st out 139. This means that Nigeria is worse on the scale.

“We urge the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to loosen the grip it has on nation-state agitators like Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu as well as enhance its human rights record. It also urged the government to be more sincere in its fight against terrorism.

“By so doing, political tension in the country will reduce; socio-economic activities will be boosted with an improvement on the welfare of the people; just as lives and properties in Nigeria would be more secure.”

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