The Cour De’appal De Cotonou, Benin Republic, on Monday, granted embattled Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho access to medical care, The PUNCH has learnt.
This was after court sessions which lasted for more than eight hours.
Igboho’s lawyers battled to secure bail for the activist but the court only granted him access to medical care after the marathon sessions which ended around past 11pm (Nigerian time).
The court sessions started at noon, but there were intermittent breaks during the hearing.
It was learnt that the court proceeding took that long because the system of law in Benin Republic was different from the system of law in Nigeria. Nigeria practises an adversarial system of justice but Benin Republic has an inquisitorial system, a justice system in which the judge delves into the matter to enquire like the investigator, asking questions and probing the suspects.
It was also gathered that at least six lawyers represented the Federal Government of Nigeria in court on Monday. The legal representatives were a combination of local and international lawyers as well as French-speaking and English-speaking lawyers, a competent source told The PUNCH.
However, speaking with The PUNCH after the court sitting, a member of Igboho’s legal team, Pelumi Olajengbesi, expressed confidence that his client would be released.
Credit: The Punch