Pelumi Olajengbesi, counsel for the arrested aides of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho has written a distinguished Yoruba monarch, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi over the continued detention of two Yoruba Nation agitators.
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) had raided Igboho’s home in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on July 1, and arrested 12 of his aides who had been illegally detained for weeks, earlier than the victims went forward to problem their detention and rights’ abuse in courtroom.
After a lot deliberations, ten aides had been launched. The secret police, nevertheless, refused to launch the remaining two individuals, Lady Ok and one different, opposite to an order of the courtroom that granted bail to all the 12 aides of the Yoruba Nation agitator within the custody of the company.
The secret police had earlier on August 30 launched eight of the activists.
They had met their bail situations together with the supply of 24 sureties however the DSS lawyer, Idowu Awo, kicked towards the bail granted by Justice Egwuatu to 4 of the detainees, claiming that they had been closely concerned within the alleged offence of arms stockpiling and different prison actions of their boss, Igboho.
Awo had filed a remand software for the 4 detainees saying their launch would have an effect on the investigation. He had additionally approached an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja to revoke the bail earlier granted to the 4 individuals.
The aides had been launched to Olajengbesi after the DSS didn’t adjust to a courtroom ruling on the matter.
In a current improvement, Olajengbesi, in his letter to the Ooni on Monday, urged the Yoruba chief to name on President Muhammadu Buhari to obey the courtroom order and launch the 2 aides left in custody.
The letter was titled, “Continuous unlawful and wicked detention of two of Igboho’s aides by the state security service: a call for intervention.”
It reads: “I am writing this very important letter to your imperial majesty in reverent acknowledgement of your capacity as a foremost monarch and the holder of the ancestral staff of the progenitor of the Yoruba Race, a tribe whose members currently striving for re-definition are being held by the State Security Service (hereinafter referred to as SSS) under the most dehumanising conditions and in blatant disregard of a court order granting them their freedom.
”Also, as one of many extra frequent honoured friends of the Villa, Nigeria’s Seat of Power, the place you command an unusual viewers, and as some extent of contact to Yoruba Leaders throughout the nation, this letter has change into vital for justice to conquer injustice.
“Sir, you may recall that on the 1st of July, 2021 a combined team of the SSS (also known as DSS) and military men raided the home of Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho Osa not finding him, destroyed his properties, looted his house, effected the unlawful arrest of twelve of his associates and murdered two in cold blood.
“After concerted efforts by the detainees’ Legal Team mandating the SSS to produce the detainees in court, the court in its wisdom and powers granted bail to all of the twelve detainees pending a formal institution of criminal prosecution against them by the State Security Service and subsequently, the court ordered that they should be released.
“However, to our consternation, the SSS reluctantly released a total of ten out of twelve detained and denied two, namely Amudat Habibat Babatunde and Jamiu Noah Oyetunji, their freedom in arrogant disregard of the court order granting them bail on conditions that have since been met and perfected.
“Sir, the SSS refusal to respect an order of the court in this instance is made all the more ominous by the very present threat to the lives of the detainees, particularly Amudat Habibat Babatunde, whose health has rapidly deteriorated and who is being held for her strong belief in the uniqueness of the Yoruba race and the need to legitimately secure the best possible outcome for its people.
“We are well-advised of your strong socio-political campaign for the welfare and wellness of your people and your uncommon commitment to fair play, natural justice and equity. Your ascension to the throne was greeted with expressions of hope and gratitude owing to your steadfast leadership style and reliability as king, father and protector of your people.
“All of this will now be called to question if you remain silent in a crucial time like this without demanding to know the whereabouts of a Yoruba child or daughter, given the fact that they are now being held unlawfully and unjustly.
“It is therefore in your capacity as King, Father and Protector that we make this deferential request in the hopes that you may kindly stand in the gap for your subjects who have gained their freedom on paper but continue to be incarcerated on a whim by the State Security Service.
“If protecting your subjects is one of the essential powers of your office, we do make bold most respectfully to state that this is an opportune time to give impetus to your role as the leader of your people. We, therefore, call on you to speak to President Muhammadu Buhari to let your unlawfully detained people go.
“On behalf of the entire Legal Team, may we thank you for your time and consideration even as we express the hope that our humble request is met with accelerated action in the interest of justice.”