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Sunday Igboho Is At Risk For 21years In Prison Over Doctored Beninese Passport

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Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba Nation’s agitator may just dance the tune of 21years in prison over the Beninese passport he presented before his arrest in Cotonou.

It was gathered that the freedom fighter submitted a forged traveling documents to the officials at the immigration office in Benin. On the 9th July, the Nigeria Immigration service (NIS) declared and publicized that Sunday Igboho, whose real name is Sunday Adeyemo has been allotted on the stop-list.

The National Immigration Services (NIS) notified the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Services (DSS) of Igboho’s plans to obtain a new Nigerian Passport with which to take off from the country.

Later, Igboho and his wife was arrested Cotonou before he was able to leave.
Mr. Tolulase, a lawmaker in Benin, in an interview with BBC Yoruba, said the situation is not looking good for the agitator as Benin is a small country and the laws are strictly enforced.

“On this passport issue, take me for instance, I’m from Benin but married an Ijebu woman. We have five kids. She gave birth to two in Nigeria, three in Benin.
Only the three have Beninese passport, the two others and my wife do not have. She can only apply if we marry legally in Benin. Even after the court wedding, the passport is not issued immediately. She will wait for some years and must go through the processes.”

“The first thing you must have is National Identity Card. Now, if you’re not a citizen, the only way you can get a passport is if you legally marry a Beninoise. You can see it’s not easy. So, if you procure a fake one, you’ll be uncovered because you don’t have a National Identity Card. The details are linked.”

“The card must have a family name. About three to five of your relatives must confirm to the government they know you and your early years. It is after they testify that the court will issue the card, which can then be used to apply for a passport. If such is doctored, the punishment is 21 years imprisonment. It’s a serious offence.”

“And it’s not just the owner of the fake passport that will be prosecuted, all those who know about it will be charged to court.

“On Chief Sunday Igboho, the Beninese government will carry out a detailed investigation that will expose everyone involved in his passport obtainment,” Mr Tolulase said.

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