The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami said the law will take its course in the case of Yoruba Nation’ agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, after his detention in Benin Republic.
FG To Prosecute Sunday Igboho
During an interview on Channels Television on Monday, Malami said the federal government may prosecute Igboho in Nigeria’s criminal justice system upon the conclusion of his incarceration by the government of the Republic of Benin.
Malami, who was asked if there are efforts to bring Sunday Igboho to Nigeria, said the federal government will not interfere in the prosecution of the activist since his alleged offence is a breach of the law of a foreign nation.
He said, “t is a matter being prosecuted at a foreign country and within the context of that prosecution, one thing that is visible is that he has been taken into custody on account of breaching the laws applicable in a foreign nation. With that in mind, he is being prosecuted.
“We will allow the law of the nation that was indeed breached to take its natural course and perhaps, maybe thereafter bringing him back home after the conclusion of the trial over there for the purpose of facing the Nigerian law that was accordingly breached.
“The position of things is that we are not interfering in aborting the existing prosecution in the foreign land, taking into consideration that the laws that were alleged to have been breached were indeed the laws of a foreign nation.”
Asked if there is a possibility of a political solution, Malami said a political solution is not possible since Igboho is standing trial in a foreign nation, but it may be considered when the agitator returns to Nigeria.
He said, “In terms of a political solution taken into consideration, he is standing trial in a foreign land. What is the political solution can we bring there?”
“Not in terms of when he is standing trial at the foreign nation, so perhaps those considerations may be considered or perhaps brought to bear when he is eventually brought back after the conclusion of the trial at the foreign nation.”
Meanwhile, Agbekoya has threatened that it would use magical power to free Sunday Igboho if Benin Republic government continued to hold him in detention illegally.