JUST IN: Igboho supporters, journalists chased out of court by Beninese police — eight hours into hearing


Supporters of detained Yoruba youth activist Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho and Journalists were today chased out by Police officers who stormed the Cotonou Court of Appeal.

The armed police officers who came in a number of police vans, divided themselves at strategically located positions with two of them going into the courthouse, while two more stood at the gate, and another two at the entrance of the street leading to the court.

One of the police officers told journalists that the president of the court called on the police to eject everyone out of the court, except the lawyers.

All the officers wore black masks and wielded heavy guns as they ejected supporters and journalists out of the court premises.

According to The cable, Igboho was said to have been brought into the court as early as 7am but only came into the prosecutor’s chambers without being seen by the public.

All those who came to witness the proceedings were barred from entering including Journalists, monarchs, and supporters.

Ekocity Magazine had reported how Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested at an airport in Cotonou last week, and detained at the request of the Nigerian government.

When the case was first brought up for hearing, the yoruba activist lawyers had prayed to the court to release of his wife on the grounds that she had committed no offence against the Nigerian state.

On Thursday, the court answered the prayers and ordered her release and a return of her passport.

Igboho was taken to detention, where he has been up until Monday.

The charges against the Yoruba Nation activist border on arms smuggling, inciting violence and calling for a secession of the Yoruba from the Nigerian state.

Igboho and his lawyers have denied all allegations levelled against him.

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