Efforts by the Department of State Service (DSS) to pursue their case against the 12 associates of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho, before the Federal High Court sitting in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, has suffered major setbacks after armed robbers were reported to have stolen the case file.
The case file, which the security agency aimed to justify their claims against the 12 suspects picked during a raid on Sunday Igboho’s house in Ibadan, Oyo State, was said to have been stolen by armed robbers in the nation’s capital.
Counsel to the law enforcement agency, Idowu Awo, told the court on Wednesday during the proceedings presided over by Justice Obiora Egwuatu, who presided as a vacation judge while the court was on recess, that a member of the DSS legal team that had been assigned to bring the case file to court was robbed by armed men.
Awo added that his colleague while conveying the document to the court boarded a vehicle that was occupied by some criminals and that the gunmen attacked him, carted away the file and other personal items belonging to the legal practitioner.
In order to prepare another case file for presentation before the court, Awo appealed that the court adjourn the case and promised to file their claims before it on any date fix for further hearing.
With the annual recess of the court ending soon, Justice Egwuatu ruled that the file of the fundamental rights suit be returned to the registry for reassignment to the regular court to hear the case.
Earlier before then, the 12 associates had instituted a rights enforcement suit against DSS for parading them before the media as criminals and demanded N100 million as compensation.
In the suit, Igboho’s associates sought a declaration of the court that their detention beyond 48 hours and their media parade without a court conviction, constituted a breach of their fundamental rights in the country.
They also sought an order of perpetual injunction from the court restraining the DSS from interfering with their personal liberty and freedom of expression across the country
The case came up barely two months after the DSS issued a statement that a joint security team raided the home of Sunday Igboho over an alleged plan to embark on a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State, calling on the Yoruba Nation agitator to turn himself in, at the nearest security agency.
It would be recalled that Igboho’s associates were later paraded and detained until eight of them were released by the DSS on August 30, after about two months in detention.
The security agency had, however, kept four others in custody, although the court granted bail to all 12 persons. And last Friday, the DSS released two more aides of Igboho, bringing the total number of those that have left its custody to 10.