Revealed: Sunday Igboho Seriously Injured During DSS Raid – Counsel

Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho’s lead counsel, Ibrahim Salami, has revealed that Igboho suffered “severe injuries” during a raid conducted on his Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State house on Thursday, July 1, 2021, by the Department of State Services.

During the raid, the DSS arrested 13 of Igboho’s associates, who are currently undergoing trial, killed two and said Igboho escaped.

Salami stated, “I urge his family and supporters to be patient and prayerful. They should support him with prayers. When they attacked his house in Nigeria, he jumped from the top of a building. His ribs were hurt. He was severely injured.

“In fact, he could not stand before the judge. He sat to address the judge. He needs freedom for medical attention. Those of us that are his lawyers are making a stringent effort.”

Salami and 10 other lawyers are representing Igboho in the Republic of Benin, where he is currently facing a legal battle. 

After Monday’s hearing, Igboho’s lawyers said the activist’s trial had taken a new twist, noting that new charges had been filed against him.

His lead counsel, Ibrahim Salami, listed the charges against him as illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil unrest.

Meanwhile, more facts emerged on Tuesday that the Federal Government had yet to send any lawyer or extradition charges against Igboho to Benin Republic.

According to the Benin-based counsel, no lawyer represented Nigeria in the proceedings that had been held so far.

Salami said, “Between God and man, Nigeria has not sent anyone. No one represented Nigeria. No representative requested that Sunday should be charged. We also did not see any correspondence or request by Nigeria that he should be extradited.

“But we are surprised that a case that was initially linked to Nigeria has now become a Benin case. No judgement has been given. He has only been remanded for further probe over his alleged infractions in Benin.

“When we realised that Nigeria did not ask for his extradition, we worked to save him from being detained.

“The court did not give any ultimatum to Nigeria to file extradition charges. Nothing like that came up. Our law does not permit giving any 20-day ultimatum.”

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