Senate Condemns Unlawful Arrest, detention of Nigerians By Benin Republic Authorities


The senate has condemned what it described as the unlawful encroachment and arrest of Nigerians by the authorities of Benin Republic.

The upper took the decision following a point of order raised by Senator representing Ogun West, Tolu Odebiyi.

The lawmaker recalled the numerous reports of alleged encroachments into Nigeria’s territory by authorities of the Republic of Benin, saying the development, “has become increasingly disturbing.”

Senator Odebiyi further raised the matter during plenary on Tuesday.

“The arrest of these Nigerians is based on the allegation that they are resisting encroachment into Nigerian Land through Igbokofi village in Yewa-North local government area of Ogun State;

“These allegations of encroachment have been also flayed by the government of the state as published in a release from the State Government calling on the Federal Government to immediately secure the release of Nigerian citizens currently languishing in detention in the Republic of Benin as a result of their resistance to the continued encroachment,” Odebiyi said.

Last Saturday, governor Dapo Abiodun appealed to the federal government to secure the release of one Pastor Kunle Garb being detained in neigbouring Benin

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