After 61 Days In Custody, DSS Releases Detained Separatist Agitators

The 12 detained followers of Sunday Igboho had through their lawyer approached the court to seek their release but only eight of them were released.

The Department of  State Service (DSS) has released eight out of the 12 detained aides of  Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba nation separatist leader.

Pelumi Olajengbesi, the lawyer to the Yoruba nation agitators said eight separatists regained their freedom after spending 61 days in custody.

Olajengbesi who addressed journalists in Abuja after they were released stressed that the remaining four who are still in the DSS custody must be freed having been granted bail by the court.

They were arrested around 1 a.m. on July 1, 2021, when the DSS operatives “raided” Igboho’s residence  in Ibadan, Oyo State capital in Southwest Nigeria, killing two other associates of the activist during a gun battle.

The lawyer also noted that the DSS must give account for the two associates of Igboho who were killed during the raid of  his residence. 

During a court sitting in Abuja, on Aug. 4, the judge, Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court had granted bail to the 12 detained aides of the Yoruba nation agitator.

They had met their bail conditions including the provision of 24 sureties but the DSS lawyer, Idowu Awo, kicked against the bail granted by Justice Egwuatu to four of the detainees, claiming that they were heavily involved in the alleged offence of arms stockpiling and other criminal activities of their boss, Igboho.

Awo had sought a remand application for the four detainees saying their release would affect investigation.

In a similar development, an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan also on Monday extended an interim restraining order on the DSS and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami from arresting, killing, or harassing  Sunday Igboho.

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