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




The Federal Excessive Courtroom 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) in opposition to the Division of State Companies.


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

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

In a joint utility filed by their attorneys on the Federal Excessive Courtroom, the allies of the Yoruba activist described their arrest and subsequent detention as illegal.

The 12 individuals are; Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde (Aka Woman 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-Common, State Safety Service (SSS), also referred to as the Division of State Companies (DSS) and the DSS. 

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.

Within 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 supply the candidates earlier than the court docket and “present trigger as to why the candidates shouldn’t be granted bail in accordance with the availability of part 32 of Administration of Felony Justice Act 2015 and different extant legal guidelines in Nigeria.”

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

The detained individuals, by their attorneys, subsequently sued the key police and its director normal.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that although Tuesday and Wednesday had been introduced by the Nigerian Authorities 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 have been on the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja on Friday and we are able to affirm that the matter has been assigned to Federal Excessive Courtroom 9, Abuja and might be developing for listening to on Tuesday the twentieth of July, 2021.

“Whereas we’re not unaware of the truth that the stipulated date occurs to be a public vacation as declared by the Federal Authorities, we contacted the Registrar of the court docket and complained, however the response was that My Lord personally fastened the date. We’re optimistic that we are going to get one other quick date since we’re not sure the matter will proceed for listening to that day, nevertheless we’ll observe up.

“The matter ought to have been heard by now, however we’re shocked that it took too lengthy for us to get a response from the assigned court docket regardless of submitting affidavits of utmost urgency. We’re glad the matter is now in Courtroom 9 and we’re hopeful of getting an excellent day in court docket quickly.”

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