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Court rejects DSS suit on Sunday Igboho’s aide continue detention

By Idowu Abdullahi

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a motion filed by the Department of State Service (DSS) seeking continuous detention of four out of the 12 aides of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

The motion was thrown out by the presiding judge, Justice Obiora Egwuata, on Tuesday following its dramatic withdrawal by counsel to the DSS, Idowu Awo.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, the secret agency’s lawyer announced his decision not to go ahead with the matter when the motion was called. Rather than going ahead with the motion, the counsel informed the court that he had filed a notice of appeal against the bail granted to four out of the 12 detainees and that he would prefer to pursue the appeal at the Court of Appeal.

Justice Egwuatu subsequently struck out the motion following the no objection by the detainee’s lawyer, Sunday Adebayo. It would be recalled that no fewer than eight associates of the embattled agitator were produced in court by the nation’s topmost secret service earlier in August.

The DSS had approached the court on August 9 with a motion seeking to nullify the bail granted to the four in order to keep them detained for further investigation. The DSS claimed that the four namely: Amudat Babatunde, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Oyetunji, and Bamidele Sunday had greater involvement in the alleged arms stockpiling charge leveled against them.

Operatives of the DSS had on July 1 raided Igboho’s residence in Oyo and arrested 12 of his supporters. The arrested persons were subsequently moved to the Federal Capital Territory where they were detained.

Subsequently, the suspects, through their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, filed an application asking the court to inquire into the circumstances constituting the grounds of their arrest and detention since July 2. He further asked the court that where it deemed fit, his clients should be admitted to bail.

Ruling on the application on August 4, Justice Egwuatu admitted all the applicants to bail. The judge said that it was clear that no charge had been preferred against the applicants and that they had been in detention since their arrest. However, in a fresh application, the DSS asked the court to cancel the bail granted to four of the 12 persons.

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