ECOWAS Court Orders Benin Republic to Pay Igboho 20m CFA Over Detention

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By Adedapo Adesanya

A three-member panel of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice has ordered the Government of the Republic of Benin to pay Mr Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Igboho, 20 million CFA for unlawful detention.

The court ordered that the money should be paid within three months.

Igboho had on February 10, applied to the court challenging his arrest and detention in the French-speaking country.

The ECOWAS court also directed the country to comply with its order and revert to the court with evidence of payment.

Igboho was arrested alongside his wife, Ropo, in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and detained at the request of the Nigerian government.

The Yoruba Nation agitator had fled Nigeria after the Department of State Services raided his residence in Ibadan, Oyo state on July 1.

During the invasion, which occurred in the dead of the night, the DSS officials killed two persons and arrested a dozen of his associates in the building. However, Igboho managed to escape. The Nigerian government, thereafter declared him wanted and advised him to surrender himself to any nearest police station.

A few days later, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) claimed it got intel that Igboho was planning to secure another passport after his original was taken during the DSS raid.

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