Daily Trust

Senate flays ‘unlawful’ arrest of Nigerians by Benin Republic

- By Abdullatee­f Salau

The Senate yesterday condemned the “unlawful” encroachme­nt and arrest of Nigerians by the authoritie­s of the Republic of Benin.

It directed


Committees on Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, and States and Local Government­s to interface with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice, and the National Border Commission to put in place the necessary mechanism that would provide lasting solutions to this issue.

This followed a motion by Senator Tolu Odebiyi (APC, Ogun), who called the attention to the alleged encroachme­nts into Nigeria’s territory by authoritie­s of the

Republic of Benin, which, he said, “has become increasing­ly disturbing.”

He noted that “gendarmes” from the Republic of Benin crossed illegally into Nigeria territory to carry out the arrest of one Pastor Kunle Garb and

Mr. Benjamin Amosu, his interprete­r, who were residents of Igbokofi Village in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State for demanding the reversal of the land encroachme­nt by Government of the Republic of Benin.

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