The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has only three associates of the Yoruba Nation advocate Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho in its custody as against 12 being claimed in a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Secret Police had been quiet since arresting the associates and declared Igboho wanted for alleged gun-running after they allegedly carted away several items from his residence in Ibadan. But the Yoruba activist had filed a suit at the court, prompting their arraignment.
In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/64z/2021 being prosecuted by some lawyers including Pelumi Olajengbesi and Allen Sowore, it was said that the DSS is holding on 12 associates of Ighoho arrested during its raid of his Ibadan (Oyo State) residence earlier this month. The names of those being detained as stated in the suit include Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amuda Babatunde (alias Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen Diekola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, and Jamiu Noah. Others are Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi, and Bamidele Sunday.
In an ex-parte application, the court, on July 23 ordered the DSS to produce them on July 29 and to show cause why they should not be granted bail. At the resumed hearing in the case on Thursday, the DSS failed to produce the applicants but made effort to justify its inability to comply with the court’s order.
While apologising over the failure to produce those arrested in court, DSS’ lawyer, I. Awo argued that they were being detained based on an order from another court pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Awo said the order got for their detention would lapse on August 2 and prayed the court to allow the DSS time to conclude its investigation after which it would decide on whether or not to release or charge them to court.
According to the lawyer, as against the applicants’ claim that 12 of them were being held, the DSS has three – Amoda Babatunde (aka Lady K), Diokola Adeyemo Admola, and Bamidele Sunday – in its custody.
He also revealed that the DSS also had Abdullateef Ofeyagbe (the first applicant) in its custody until July 27when he was released.
Lawyer to the applicants, Olajengbesi faulted Awo’s claim, insisting that all his clients were being held by the DSS. While faulting the remand order tendered in court by the DSS’ lawyer arguing that it was not certified, Olajengbesi sought time to enable him to respond to the affidavit filed by the service in relation to the court’s order for it to show cause.
In his ruling, Justice Obiora Egwuatu restated the order for the applicants’ production on the next adjourned date. He also ordered the DSS to allow the applicants’ lawyers access to them between today and Monday.
He adjourned till August 2 for the DSS to produce them in court and for further hearing in the case.
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