Reports that Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday “Igboho” Adeyemo was arrested with a fake Beninese passport has been refuted by his lawyer in the Benin Republic, Ibrahim Salami.
Mr Salami confirmed that the activist was only found with Nigerian and German passports when he was accosted by the tiny West African nation’s police at the Cadjèhoun Airport, Cotonou, on Monday.
Mr Igboho was arrested alongside his wife, Ropo, while trying to catch a flight to Germany.
Some media reports had claimed that the separatist leader would be tried for obtaining a fake Beninese international passport in Cotonou.
Possessing a fake Beninese passport attracts a maximum sentence of 21 years imprisonment if found guilty.
But speaking with BBC Yoruba, Mr Salami said, “It is not true that Benin Republic passport was found on Sunday Igboho when he was arrested.
“What was found on him were Nigerian and German passports. His wife had only her German passport on her at the point of arrest,” he added.
Mr lgboho’s wife was freed on Thursday and her German passport was returned to her, but the court ordered that the activist be remanded in the custody of Brigade Criminelle in Cotonou as the Buhari regime failed to file charges against him.
The Nigerian government again failed to levy charges against Mr Igboho when he appeared in court Friday morning but merely laid allegations of arms trafficking and incitement, according to a statement by Ilana Omo Oodua, signed by its spokesman Maxwell Adeleye.
The case against the activist was adjourned until July 26.