ECOWAS Court Orders Benin Republic to pay Sunday Igboho 20 million CFA over Unlawful Detention

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The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), sitting in Abuja, has ordered the government of the Republic of Benin to pay Yoruba nation activist Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, a sum of 20 million CFA within three months for unlawful detention and violation of his fundamental human rights.

The court on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, ordered that the money should be paid within three months.

Igboho had on February 10, 2023, applied to the court challenging his arrest and detention in the French-speaking country.

The ECOWAS court also directed the country to comply with its order and revert to the court with evidence of payment.

Recall that on July 20, 2021, Igboho was arrested alongside his wife, Ropo, in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and detained at the request of the Nigerian government.

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