Senate Condemns ‘Unlawful’ Detention of Nigerians in Benin Republic

Nigeria’s Senate has condemned the unlawful encroachment on and arrest of Nigerians by the authorities of the Republic of Benin.

Senator Tolu Odebiyi at Tuesday’s plenary drew the attention of lawmakers to reports of encroachments into Nigeria’s territory by authorities of the Republic of Benin.

He quoted a report dated July 2nd, 2021 which had it that gendarmes from the Republic of Benin crossed illegally into Nigeria to arrest one Pastor Kunle Garb and Benjamin Amosu his interpreter who are residents of Igbokofi village in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State for demanding the reversal of the land encryption by the government of the Republic of Benin.

Senator Odebiyi noted that the arrest of these Nigerians is based on the allegation that they are resisting encroachment into Nigerian land through Igbokofi village in Yewa North LGA of Ogun State.

The Senate has asked its committees on Foreign Affairs and Justice to engage with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and National border commission to investigate the incident and find solutions to the problem.

The arrested person, Pastor Garb, is an activist, who has allegedly consistently campaigned against the incessant harassment of Nigerians by the Beninese in attempts to forcefully annex the Nigerian territory.

He was taken away in a Gestapo manner by the armed security agents from the neighbouring country.

Reports say he has 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 Ogun State government in response called on the Federal Government to immediately secure the release of the Nigerian citizen.

In a press statement, Governor Dapo Abiodun called on the national boundary commission to step up action to demarcate Nigeria’s border with the Republic of Benin.

He also called on Nigerian security agents to promptly ensure the security of border communities from external invasion.

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