A suit instituted by 12 detained associates of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, against the Department of State Services and its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, will come up for hearing on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, (Sallah day) at the Federal High Court, Abuja, one of the counsels for the applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has said.
Olajengbesi made this known in a chat with correspondents.
However, a source said to correspondents.
The source said, “In fact, two judges initially declined to take up the suit when it was assigned to their courts before it was taken up by Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court 9, Abuja.”
Recall that at least a dozen of Igboho’s associates were arrested and detained by the secret police on July 1 2021 after the DSS’ bloody raid of Igboho’s residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The secret police also said that it “gunned down” two of the activist’s associates during a “gun duel” which Igboho narrowly escaped.
He was later declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he denied.
Olajengbesi had earlier said that the secret police refused to grant him and the other lawyers on the case access to the 12 suspects detained by the DSS.
The detained persons, through their lawyers, subsequently sued the secret police and its director general.
In the joint suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on July 7, 2021, the applicants sought an order of the court “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.