The Lawyer of popular Yoruba fighter Sunday Adeyemo, Ibrahim Salami has denounced his client’s mistreatment while in the custody of Brigade Criminelle in the Benin Republic.
On Thursday, the Cotonou Court of Appeal postponed the hearing in the Igboho case until Monday. According to Salami who spoke to BBC Yoruba, he explained that Sunday Igboho was handcuffed and put in a locked cell.
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According to him, it has somewhat restricted his movement and eating gestures to the extent that there is someone who attends to him whenever he wants to eat.
Salami, speaking to BBC Yoruba on Saturday said:
“We are five lawyers handling his case. When we visited Sunday Adeyemo at the police station, he was not beaten but what they did that is alien to the law here is that they handcuffed him inside the police cell after locking the cell.
“This makes eating and movement within the cell difficult for him to the extent that someone has been helping him in this regard.
“Apart from being a lawyer, I am also a professor of law at a university here in Benin Republic.
“Part of what we teach our students is human rights. Human rights frown at the action of the police.
“I called the attention of the police commander and the prosecutor to this but still nothing changed.
“At the moment, Sunday Igboho’s hands are in chains at the police station. This is not good at all.”