The 12 detained associates of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, may and regain their freedom from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) anytime soon, where they have been held for about 50 days.
It was gathered that each of the 12 detainees had finally got two persons to stand as their sureties.
The bail office of the Federal High Court in Abuja said it needed to write letters to the offices of the 24 sureties to get more confirmation.
DSS operatives had arrested the 12 persons on July 1, 2021, during a raid on Igboho’s residence Ibadan in Ibadan.
The 12 detained persons approached the court through their lawyers led by Pelumi Olajengbesi, to seek their release in line with their fundamental human rights.
The presiding judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, on August 4, 2021 admitted the 12 applicants to bail.
However, their bail perfection suffered a setback last week as the Federal High Court in Abuja demanded for 24 sureties, a development that their lawyers said was in contrast to four sureties earlier demanded by the court.
The detainees are Abdullateef Onaolapo;Tajudeen Irinloye; Dikeola Ademola; Ayobami Donald; Uthman Adelabu; Olakunle Oluwapelumi; Raji Kazeem; Taiwo Tajudeen; Amudat Babatunde; Abideen Shittu; Jamiu Oyetunji and Bamidele Sunday.
Speaking with Saturday PUNCH, Olajengbesi said the requirement for 24 sureties had been met as required by the court.
“We have the 24 sureties already as required by the court, but the challenge is the bail office insisted that it needs to write letters to all the offices of the sureties to confirm the sureties,” he said.
The lawyer urged the court not to foot-drag the process of confirming the genuineness of the sureties so that the detained persons could regain their freedom.