Court Fixes Friday For 12 Yoruba Activists’ Suit Against Department Of State Services Over Illegal Detention

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fastened Friday for the listening to of the go well with by the 12 individuals arrested on the residence of Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho) towards the Department of State Services.

The 12 individuals and the DSS are to seem earlier than Justice Obiora Atuegwu Egwuatu on Friday for the graduation of the human rights’ go well with, SaharaReporters learnt.

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SaharaReporters had final week reported that the Yoruba agitators earlier sued the Department of State Services earlier than the identical court docket. 

In a joint utility filed by their legal professionals on the Federal High Court, the allies of the Yoruba activist described their arrest and subsequent detention as illegal. Court Fixes Friday For 12 Yoruba Activists’ Suit Against Department Of State Services Over Illegal Detention 3

The 12 individuals are; Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde (Aka Lady Ok), Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, and Jamiu Noah. 

Others are Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwafelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday. 

The defendants are the Director-General, State Security Service (SSS), often known as the Department of State Services (DSS) and the DSS.  Court Fixes Friday For 12 Yoruba Activists’ Suit Against Department Of State Services Over Illegal Detention 4

On July 1, DSS operatives stormed Igboho’s residence round 1 am, killing two of his associates and arresting about 13 individuals. 

Igboho, who escaped the raid, has since gone into hiding as the key police have declared him needed.

In the go well with marked FHC/ABJ/CS/647/2021, the candidates had sought the order of the court docket mandating and compelling the respondents to provide the candidates earlier than the court docket and “show cause as to why the applicants should not be granted bail in accordance with the provision of section 32 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and other extant laws in Nigeria.”

One of the counsels for the candidates, Pelumi Olajengbesi, lately informed journalists that the DSS refused to grant him and the opposite legal professionals on the case entry to the 12 suspects detained by the key police.

The detained individuals, by way of their legal professionals, subsequently sued the key police and its director common.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that although Tuesday and Wednesday had been introduced by the Nigerian Government as vacation to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations (Sallah), the court docket insisted that it might hear the case on Tuesday.

Olajengbesi had mentioned, “We were at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday and we can confirm that the matter has been assigned to Federal High Court 9, Abuja and will be coming up for hearing on Tuesday the 20th of July, 2021.

“While we are not ignorant of the fact that the stipulated date happens to be a public holiday as declared by the Federal Government, we contacted the Registrar of the court and complained, but the response was that My Lord personally fixed the date. We are optimistic that we will get another short date since we are not certain the matter will proceed for hearing that day, however we will follow up.

“The matter should have been heard by now, but we are surprised that it took too long for us to get a response from the assigned court despite filing affidavits of extreme urgency. We are glad the matter is now in Court 9 and we are hopeful of having a good day in court soon.”

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Court Fixes Friday For 12 Yoruba Activists’ Suit Against Department Of State Services Over Illegal Detention

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