The Yoruba Council of Elders has condemned the plan by the Federal Government to prosecute Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, after his release by the Benin Republic authorities.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Secretary-General of YCE, Kunle Olajide, said the Muhammadu Buhari government should explain the crimes committed by the separatist activist.
Olajide said the planned prosecution of Igboho will fail, stressing that the government has been unfair in handling the case of the separatist.
Naija News reports that the YCE was reacting to the statement made by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, during an interview on Channels Television on Monday.
During the interview, Malami said Igboho will be extradited back to the country after his prosecution in Benin Republic.
The minister added that the Yoruba Nation agitator is being tried based on account of breaching laws in the West African country.
Condemning Malami’s statement, Olajide said the planned prosecution of the activist will be a “double trial” after his ordeal in Benin Republic.
He added that the minister’s comment lacks enough details especially with regards to the fact that Igboho’s house was invaded and vandalised with people killed.
Olajide asserted that it is clear evidence that Igboho’s life is being hunted which made him flee the country for Benin Republic en route to Germany.
He said: “That is a double trial, nobody does that because it is double jeopardy. Which law did Igboho break? Malami should have given details so that those who are not in the law profession can understand clearly.
“That statement lacks enough details especially with regards to the fact that Igboho’s house was vandalised with people killed in the dead of the night.
“The first reaction to that invasion by anybody is to protect your life. There is clear evidence that Igboho’s life is being hunted. So which law has Igboho broken after his house was invaded? Malami should state it clearly to Nigerians.”
Olajide stated that the political solution muted by Malami is possible, saying that the idea of a solution may be different from what President Buhari has in mind.
He said: “On the political solution he mentioned, it all depends on the president.
“The president might see it differently from his opinion. What he said on a political solution is personal to him. But yes, there can be a political solution.”