Olusegun Falola, one of the lawyers of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Igboho, has disclosed why the agitator was initially chained by the Benin Republic security agents.
Falola disclosed that Igboho was chained to prevent him from disappearing mysteriously.
According to Falola, Beninese security agents were told that Igboho could turn into a cat and escape.
“When I arrived from Paris and got to the custody where Igboho was detained, he was first chained. They were scared that he could just disappear into the thin air because of his mystical powers.
“The police told me that if Igboho’s chains were untied and he escaped mysteriously, he (the police officer) would be stripped of his rank and also dismissed.
“The police officer said he was told that Igboho could disappear or turn into a cat, and many other things were said to the police officers which made them tie him,” he told the Nation.
The lawyer, however, disclosed that his timely intervention led to the officers unchaining Igboho.
SaharaReporters had reported that Igboho was awaiting his fate at the Cour De’appal De Cotonou, Benin Republic, following his arraignment by the authorities of the country for immigration-related offences.
A source had told SaharaReporters that the activist was not for extradition to Nigeria.
SaharaReporters had reported how Benin Republic police arrested Igboho at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou, while trying to fly from the country to Germany.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had on July 1 raided the residence of the activist in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Igboho had planned a ”Yoruba Nation Rally” in Lagos two days before the raid.
The DSS raided the residence, killing two people and arresting 12 aides but Igboho escaped.
The agency alleged that Igboho was stockpiling weapons, and subsequently declared him wanted.