Counsel to Sunday Igboho, Mr. Yomi Aliyu SAN, addressed on Wednesday the failed attempt by the Nigerian government to repatriate his client to Nigeria via a waiting Jet.
Aliyu on featuring on Rave FM cleared the air as to whether Igboho has truly escaped from Cotonou to Germany. He said he never escaped but that it was the junior brother who was enroute with him that was bundled into the waiting flight to Germany.
The legal practitioner said: “As at today (Wednesday) Sunday Igboho is still in police detention in Benin Republic, specifically in Cotonou.
“While they were fighting with the brother, he was bundled back into the plane heading to Germany; he is the one in Germany now, not Igboho.
“He was already in the plane in Cotonou on his way to Germany with his wife and his brother was there too. Somebody fingered him out that he is a wanted person.
“He was brought down with the wife and brother and a fracas ensued because he was to be flown to Nigeria by a standby helicopter.
“But the wife and the brother put up a fight and started shouting at the airport, which attracted some other Yoruba indigenes and they came to their rescue.”
He confessed his deliberately remaining in Nigeria, as he could not afford to be embarrassed in the neighbouring African country.
He said: “My communication with him is indirect. We don’t want to create a situation where we now go to Cotonu and I will be embarrassed for some other things.
“We know who is heading the police, who is the High Commissioner on Cotonu. I can’t go to that area now, but I speak with him indirectly anytime I want to speak with him.
“I have been speaking with him through somebody that should know.
“I don’t belong to any group: neither Afenifere nor Oodua Nation. I am directly appointed by Sunday not for any group, not for Oodua group, not for Afenifere or anybody.
“In fact, my own philosophy is different from their philosophy. But professionally, I am for Sunday and the rule of Law nothing political.”