The Cour De’appal De Cotonou, Benin Republic, on Monday, granted self-acclaimed Yoruba Nation activists, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, access to medical care.
This came after court sessions which lasted over eight hours.
A source close to the development stated:
The court has granted him access to medical care, although what the lawyers were fighting hard for was to secure his bail. The court is still investigating the three main allegations brought against Igboho by the Federal Government of Nigeria which claimed that Igboho is a gun runner, a terrorist and criminal who wants to divide Nigeria.
All these have yet to be proven by the Nigerian government’s lawyers.
Igboho’s lawyers battled to secure bail for the activist but the court only granted him access to medical care after the marathon sessions which ended at about past 11pm (Nigerian time).
The court sessions started at noon, but there were intermittent breaks during the hearing.
It was learnt that the court proceeding took that long because the system of law in Benin Republic was different from the system of law in Nigeria.
Nigeria practices an adversarial system of justice but Benin Republic has an inquisitorial system, a justice system in which the judge delves into the matter to enquire like the investigator, asking questions and probing the suspects.
It was also gathered that at least six lawyers represented the Federal Government of Nigeria in court on Monday. The legal representatives were a combination of local and international lawyers as well as French-speaking and English-speaking lawyers, a source told newsmen.
A member of Igboho’s legal team, Pelumi Olajengbesi, while speaking with newsmen after the court sitting, expressed confidence that his client would be released.