Sunday Igboho files $1 million lawsuit against Benin Republic for unlawful detention and violation of rights. - AMEBO ONLINE NEWSPAPER

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Sunday Igboho files $1 million lawsuit against Benin Republic for unlawful detention and violation of rights.

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Yoruba 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) as cost of general damages for each day he has spent in incarceration in the country.

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
According to him, the application is brought pursuant to Article 3(4) of the 2005 Supplementary Protocol A/SP.1/01/05, by which “the court has jurisdiction to determine (the) case of violation of human rights that occur in any member state.

“Article 11(1) of the 1991 Community Court of Justice Protocol (A/P.I/7/91) by which “cases may be brought before the Court by an application addressed to the Court Registry. The Revised Treaty of Economic Community of West African States (“ECOWAS Treaty”), Articles 56(2) and 57.

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