The treatment of arrested Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho in the custody of the police in the Benin Republic has been branded as inhuman by his lead counsel.
On Tuesday, the lawyer, Chief Yomi Alliyu SAN said his client was shackled inside a cage, abused on the hand which forced him to weep like a baby. When they spoke on the phone on Tuesday, the lawyer confirmed that Igboho was depressed.
According to him, Igboho’s wife, Ropo a German citizen who was arrested alongside the activist was held in a different cell by authorities in the neighbouring country.
Speaking with Punch, the lawyer said,
They chained him in the cell where they put him in Cotonou. There was a fracas at the airport yesterday when he was arrested. They hit him in the hand and that same hand was handcuffed, he is in pains and he was weeping like a child when I called, I heard him.
The wife too was put in a separate cell but they didn’t chain the wife. He was crying, the wife was crying too because he was writhing in pains seriously. We only pray they don’t pay anybody to kill him. You don’t put someone in cell and still chain the person.
You know he sustained injury and they didn’t take him to hospital for treatment. We heard that he is appearing in court tomorrow but I don’t know whether that will carry it out.