The government has filed an application at the Federal High Court in Abuja to remand four of the 12 detained associates of the Yoruba Nation agitator and alleged terrorist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho.
In motion no FHC/ABJ/CS/647/2021, filed on Monday by the DSS lawyer, Idowu Awo, the secret police urged Justice Obiora Egwuatu to cancel the bail granted to Amudat Babatunde, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Oyetunji, and Bamidele Sunday.
A lawyer for the DSS requested that the four detainees be remanded “pending arraignment during court vacation.”.
As a result, the lawyer for the detainees, Pelumi Olajengbesi, told newsmen that the DSS’s remand application was “laughable”.
“We see that the DSS filed a new application to continue incarcerating innocent people that have been in custody for longer than a month. Currently, the DSS has been holding the suspects for over a month without punishment. This is laughable and contrary to logic. “This will fail,” he said.
Justice Egwuatu, last Wednesday, admitted the 12 applicants to bail following their arrest by the secret police on July 1, 2021. DSS operatives raided Igboho’s Ibadan home early on the morning of the arrest date.
According to the secret police, it also killed two other associates of the activist in a gun duel before declaring Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling weapons to destabilize Nigeria under the pretext of Yoruba nationalism. He denied the claims while in a Beninese detention facility.
Eight of the applicants have been granted bail by the DSS lawyer, as they were found to be minimally liable for crimes such as weapons stockpiling and other criminal activities.
The DSS lawyer however argued that in the interest of justice and national security, Babatunde, Shittu, Oyetunji and Sunday were not to be granted bail.
However, Olajengbesi had urged the court to disregard the argument of the DSS due to its incompatibility with Nigerian law. In spite of Awo’s argument, Justice Egwuatu granted bail to the 12 detainees.
Nevertheless, the bail perfection of twelve detainees suffered a setback last Friday when their lawyer, Olajengbesi, said he learned that the court requires 24 sureties instead of the four sureties it originally requested.