- DSS had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides, and killed two of them in a gun battle.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Department of the State Services (DSS) on Monday, brought the 12 aides of the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo well known as Sunday Igboho, before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The latest development followed the July 29 order issued by the court that the detained supporters of the Yoruba activist be produced in court on Monday (today).
EKO HOT BLOG gathered that the detained aides were brought to the Abuja court in an 18-seater Toyota Hiace Bus marked, Abuja 785 KWL.
It was further learnt that Igboho’s supporters were brought under heavy security escort by the DSS operatives.
The arrested aides were still being held in the bus at the inner car park of the court premises as of the time of filing this report.
EKO HOT BLOG recalls that the DSS had last Thursday failed to bring the detained persons to court.
The court later adjourned till Monday as the DSS failed to produce the detained associates of Igboho as earlier ordered by the court.
It would be recalled that the DSS had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides, and killed two of them in a gun battle.
The supporters of Sunday Igboho were later moved to Abuja where they have been in detention.
However, owing to their detention, the Yoruba activist’s supporters through their lawyer, Pelumi Olajemgbesi, filed an application asking the court to “inquire into the circumstances constituting grounds of their arrest and detention since July 2, 2021, and where it deems fit admit applicants on bail”.
They further asked for an order “mandating and compelling the respondents to produce the applicants before this honourable court and show cause as to why the applicants should not be granted bail in accordance with the provisions of section 32 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015”.
However, the Judge of the federal high court, Obiora Egwatu, while ruling on the application on Friday, said there was merit in the application.
Egwatu consequently granted all the orders sought and asked the DSS to produce the applicants in court on July 29, 2021.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the applicants are Abdulateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde, Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi, and Bamidele Sunday.
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