No fewer than eight associates of embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, in the Department of State Services (DSS) detention were on Monday produced in court by the nation’s topmost secret service.
The eight associates, out of the 12 persons allegedly detained by the security outfit, appeared before a Federal High Court in Abuja after they were produced by the DSS.
Those produced in compliance with court order 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.
At the resumed proceedings on Monday, the DSS’ lawyer, I. Awo said that the detainees’ appearance before the court was in compliance with an earlier order by the court.
Lawyer to the aides, Pelumi Olajengbesi, asked the court to mandate the DSS to produce the last four aides in court at the next date of the hearing on August 4.
Meanwhile, the development was against the DSS’ last week’s claim that the service was detaining only detaining three of Igboho’s followers as against reports that the service was keeping in its custody no fewer than twelve associates the Yoruba Nation agitator.
The security agency had during the last hearing noted that contrary to the claims, it was only holding three persons, identified as Amoda Babatunde (aka Lady K), Diokola Adeyemo Ademola, and Bamidele Sunday who are said to be Igboho’s associates.
Awo had last Thursday told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the claim by lawyers to the associates that 12 of them were being held in the secret service custody was false.
According to him, the DSS also had Abdullateef Ofeyagbe (the first applicant) in its custody until July 27 when he was released. The Guild had earlier reported that the detainees were arrested during a July 1 raid on Igboho’s Ibadan (Oyo State) residence by operatives of the DSS.
However, during the court proceedings on Monday, the presiding judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in his ruling at the Federal High Court in Abuja, deferred the hearing of the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the 12 detained associates.
Egwuatu adjourned the matter till Wednesday, August 4, to enable counsel to the detained applicants to amend the court processes to reflect their real names.