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Igboho Files $1Million Lawsuit Against Benin Republic For Unlawful Detention And Violation Of Rights

In the suit, Igboho asked for a declaration of the court that Benin’s actions regarding his ‘unlawful, arbitrary arrest and detention, violated his freedom of movement.

Oduduwa Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho has filed a $1 million suit against the Republic of Benin before the Community Court of Justice, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for unlawful detention.

In the suit filed by his counsel, Tosin Ojaomo, Igboho asked for a declaration of the court that Benin’s actions regarding his ‘unlawful, arbitrary arrest and detention, violating his freedom of movement, his right to an unbiased trial within a reasonable time’, violated his right to dignity as a person.

The order being sought, according to Igboho’s counsel, is pursuant to Article 59 of Rules of Procedure, an Expedited Procedure and Hearing, regarding the imprisonment and release of his client.

Igboho after being raided at his Soka Ibadan home on July 1, 2021, by operatives of the Department of State Services had escaped to Benin Republic en route Germany but was arrested by the operatives of the Brigade Criminelle on July 19, 2021.

Ojaomo in the application dated February 10, 2022, sought for an order for the immediate and unconditional release of Igboho along with his Nigerian passport pending litigation and determination on damages.

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Chiamaka Judith Alum
Author: Chiamaka Judith Alum

Good Governance and Human Right Advocate, Content Editor and Data Analyst

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