The Yoruba nation freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho may likely face 21 years in prison in Cotonou Benin for allegedly possessing a fake passport according to the Nigerian authority.
The Nigerian freedom fighter who was recently arrested in Benin has been facing trial for allegedly stocking arms in his home, this time, he may face 21 years in prison if found guilty of possessing a fake passport.
In an interview with BBC Yoruba, a lawmaker in Benin, Mr Tolulase revealed that his case may fall to a brutal one following how he fled the country with a fake passport so as to escape trial.
In his words, he narrated his grumbles saying:
“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.”