Court Shifts Hearing of Suit by Igboho’s 12 Detained Aides till August 4

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, deferred the hearing of the fundamental rights enforcement suit, to be released from detention, filed by the 12 persons arrested at the residence of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu adjourned the matter till Wednesday, August 4, to enable counsel to the detained applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, amend the court processes to reflect their real names.

Olajengbesi, who said he was only granted access to his clients last Friday, had observed that some of the names he previously listed in the court processes, were nicknames of the applicants.

The development had led to the Department of State Services, DSS, insisting that the listed applicants the judge ordered should be produced before the court, were not in its custody.

Consequently, at the resumed proceedings in the matter, Olajengbesi secured leave of the court to correct the names of the Applicants.

Meanwhile, the DSS, on Monday, produced only eight of the detained applicants before the court.

Those the security agency produced in compliance with an earlier order of the court were Amoda Babatunde (aka Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola Jubril, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah Oyetunji, Ayobami Donald,  Raji Kazeem and Bamidele Sunday.

Four others (Abdullateef Ademola Onaolapo, Uthman Opeyemi Adelabu, Oluwafemi Ola Kunle, Okoyemi Tajudeen) were not brought before the court owing to discrepancies in their names.

While adjourning the case, Justice Egwuatu ordered the DSS to produce all the detained persons in court on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that the court had on July 23, ordered the DSS to produce the 12 arrested persons who have been in detention since July 2, before it on July 29.

Justice Egwuatu said the order for production of the applicants was to enable the court to determine the circumstances surrounding their arrest, and for the DSS to show cause why they should not be released on bail, either conditionally or unconditionally.



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