Ogun Govt seeks Release of Detained Nigerian in Benin


The Ogun State government has urged the the Federal Government to immediately secure the release of a Nigerian citizen currently being detained unjustly in Benin Republic.

Governor Dapo Abiodun made the appeal in a press statement released by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, on Saturday.

According to the statement, a resident of Igbokofi village in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun state, identified as Pastor Kunle Garb, as abducted last week at the village market by gendarmes who crossed illegally into the Nigerian territory.

The statement added that the gendarmes carried out the daring act after scaring away traders and other Nigerians at the market.

“Pastor Garb, an activist, who has been consistently campaigning against the incessant harassment of Nigerians by the Beninese in attempts to forcefully annex the Nigerian territory was taken away in a Gestapo manner by the armed security agents from the neighboring country.

“He has allegedly been charged to a court and remanded under inhuman conditions in the Benin Republic and prevented from having access to his lawyers, doctors, and members of his family,” the statement read.

Abiodun, who narrated the ordeal of Nigerans living in border town of the state and Benin Republic, therefore, called on relevant authorities to prevent further harassment of Nigerian citizens and encroachment on the Nigerian territorial borders.

“The Governor also called on the National Boundary Commission to step up action to clearly demarcate Nigeria’s international borders with the Benin Republic, while calling on Nigeria’s security agents to properly secure Nigerians in the border communities and our country’s borders with the neighbouring country” the governor added.

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