‘I Fled Nigeria Because Govt Was After My Life,’ Igboho Tells Benin Court
Igboho told the judge that he fled the nation because he was put out on the watch list by the Federal Government for fighting against killer herdsmen.
He also denied claims by the Nigerian government that he was involved in trafficking in arms or inciting violence and maintained that he has no criminal record in Nigeria
His lead counsel, Ibrahim Salami, disclosed this to journalists after the court proceedings in Benin Republic.
Igboho explained that what was said about him are false. He explained that he did not do anything illegal in Nigeria. He clarified that Nigeria has never charged him to a court or jailed him for any offence, he was never arrested for any offence or invited to Police Station.
Igboho said he never had any criminal record in Nigeria. He told the judge that the Nigerian government was after him because he was defending the Yoruba race against killer Fulani herdsmen.
He said that he ran away from Nigeria because the government was after his life.
Igboho is now being tried by the Benin Court on fresh charges bordering on illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers, and an attempt to cause civil unrest.
However, the court has granted him access to medical care and ordered that he be transferred to another detention facility.
Igboho and his wife had been arrested in Cotonou on July 19, while they tried to catch a flight to Germany. The court, on Thursday, ordered his wife’s release and returned him to police custody.