Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.), has met with the Benin Republic President, Patrice Talon, as the Nigerian envoy and presented his letter of credence to him.
SaharaReporters learnt that Buratai met with Talon on Tuesday, amidst the ongoing trial of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) in the West African country.
Sources said both dignitaries discussed the issue behind closed doors with insinuations that Buratai was, until yesterday, not officially recognised in the Francophone country.
SaharaReporters had reported on July 21 that Buratai was in the forefront of the desperate efforts by the Muhammadu Buhari regime to get Igboho extradited to Nigeria.
SaharaReporters had been told that Buratai, who was appointed Nigerian envoy to Benin in June 2021, was also instrumental to the arrest of Sunday Igboho.
A top security source in the Benin Republic revealed that Buratai had secretly written a letter to the Beninese security agencies to arrest Igboho wherever they found him.
“At the moment, Buratai is leading other Nigerian officials and lawyers together with the Interpol to ensure that Igboho is returned to Nigeria as soon as possible. He wants to make that his first success,” a source noted.
“Buratai since the declaration by the Department of State Services sent a secret letter to the Beninese government to be on the lookout for Igboho. There were feelers that Igboho was in the small West African country and some of Igboho’s associates also gave him away,” the source had added.
Buratai’s memo was behind the arrest of Igboho and his wife, Ropo, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, the largest city in the French-speaking country.
Recall that three weeks ago, the Department of State Services declared Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he had since denied.
Before then, the DSS on July 1, 2021 raided his house at Soka area of Ibadan, killing two of his aides and arresting 12 others.