The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday ordered the Department of State Services to produce the 12 detained aides of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, in court on the next adjourned date.
While ruling on an ex parte application brought before the court, Justice Obiora Egwuatu granted the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.
Egwuatu also ordered the DSS to show cause why the applicants should not be admitted to bail.
The plantiffs’ counsel, Pelumi Olajengbesi, moved the ex parte application, praying the court for an order “mandating and compelling the respondents to produce the applicants to enable the court inquire into the circumstances constituting grounds of their arrest and detention since July 1, 2021 and where it seems fit, grant applicants bail.”
He also sought the order of the court mandating and compelling the respondents to produce the applicants before the court and “show cause as to why the applicants should not be granted bail in accordance with the provision of Section 32 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and other extant laws in Nigeria.”
Olajengbesi argued that the applicants are citizens of Nigeria with inherent rights.
The ex-parte motion was supported by an eight-paragraph affidavit, exhibit, 11-paragraph affidavit of extreme urgency, affidavit of non-complicity of action, and a written address.
The matter was adjourned till July 29.
Recall that the 12 detained associates of Sunday Igboho, instituted the suit against the DSS and its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi.