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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Court Grants Bail To 12 Detained Igboho’s Associates

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday. admitted the 12 detained associates of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, to a bail.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu, who granted the eight applicants whose request were not opposed by the Department of State Services (DSS) a bail in the sum of N5 million, admitted the four others to a bail in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties in the like sum.

The suspects who the DSS did not oppose their bail request include: Abdullateef Ademola Onaolapo, Tajudeen Irinloye, Diekola Jubril Ademola, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Opeyemi Adelabu, Olakunle Oluwapelumi, Raji Kazeem and Taiwo Opeyemi Tajudeen who are 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th applicants respectively. 

The service, however, urged the court not to grant bail to Amudat Habibat Babatunde, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah Oyetunji and Bamidele Sunday listed as 2nd, 5th, 6th and 12th applicants in the application. 

Earlier, Counsel to the applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, had urged the court to grant his clients bail unconditionally.

Olajengbesi made the plea following the production of the 12 detainees before Justice Obiora Egwuatu on Wednesday. 

The applicants, who had been in the detention of the DSS since July 2, had approached the court through their lawyer to seek for their fundamental rights enforcement.

Olajengbesi told the court that contrary to the Section 35(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which stipulated that a suspect be charged to court within 24 hours, the DSS had kept the applicants for about 34 days in detention.

He said that it took the order of the court for the respondent (DSS) to allow even the legal representatives of these applicants to have access to them

He said the experience of the applicants in the facility of the respondent was “a bad taste."

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