Nigerian Ambassador Buratai pushes for extradition of Sunday Igboho

Written by on July 21, 2021


Facts have emerged on how Nigeria’s  Ambassador to the Benin Republic,  Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.),  was instrumental to the arrest of the Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.


A top security source in the Benin Republic told newsmen that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote the government of the small West African country and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho.


It was gathered that Buratai was at the forefront of the ongoing move to extradite the activist.


A few hours after Igboho’s arrest on Monday, his  Beninese lawyers and other experts met with some  Benin Republic government officials and called for the halting of his extradition.


Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff between July 2015 and January 2021, was deployed as Nigeria’s envoy in the Benin Republic in June 2021.

Before then, the President Muhammadu Buhari had presented Buratai’s nomination to the Senate and the upper chamber of the National Assembly had confirmed the ex-COAS’ nomination despite public outcry of some crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Nigerian Army under Buratai’s leadership.


A top security source in Benin Republic, who spoke with newsmen said that Buratai through the Nigerian Embassy in the small West African country sent a secret letter to the Benin government to be on the lookout for Igboho.


It was gathered that the letter was instrumental to the arrest of Igboho and his wife, Ropo, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, the largest city in the  French-speaking country.

It would be recalled that three weeks ago,  the Department of State Services declared Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms,  an allegation he had since denied.


Before then, the DSS  on July 1, 2021 raided his house at Soka area of Ibadan,  killing  two of his aides and arresting 12 others.

Later that day, the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, at a press briefing in Abuja,  paraded Igboho’s associates and detained them thereafter, denying them access to their lawyers and not charging them to court.


According to a top source familiar with the matter, the Nigerian government foresaw the possibility of Igboho flying to Europe through Benin Republic and planted a landmine for him there through Buratai.

Credit: Punch


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