The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the suit brought by 12 detained supporters of popular Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho.
It was gathered that the court took the decision to adjourn till Monday as the DSS failed to produce the detained associates of Igboho as earlier ordered by the court.
However, the Judge of the federal high court, Obiora Egwatu, ordered that the DSS should grant the lawyer to the detained aides access to his clients.
The DSS lawyer, I. Awo, informed the court that the DSS has no intention of disobeying the court’s order.
He further stated that there were facts that were necessary for the court to be aware of regarding the matter, adding that some of the names on the court order were different from the names of the persons they had arrested on July 1, 2021, at Igboho’s house.
However, the counsel to the applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, alleged that the DSS had given the applicants new names as there are discrepancies in the spelling of their names.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/647/2021, Justice Egwuatu had ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce in court the supporters of Yoruba rights activist who were arrested by the security operatives in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
It would be recalled that the DSS had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides, and killed two of them in a gun battle.
The supporters of Sunday Igboho were later moved to Abuja where they have been in detention.
However, owing to their detention, the Yoruba activist’s supporters through their lawyer, Pelumi Olajemgbesi, filed an application asking the court to “inquire into the circumstances constituting grounds of their arrest and detention since July 2, 2021, and where it deems fit admit applicants on bail”.
They further asked for an order “mandating and compelling the respondents to produce the applicants before this honourable court and show cause as to why the applicants should not be granted bail in accordance with the provisions of section 32 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015”.
However, the Judge of the federal high court, Obiora Egwatu, while ruling on the application on Friday, said there was merit in the application.