- The Federal High Court in Abuja has directed the Department of State Service (DSS) to explain why Sunday Igboho's aides should not be granted bail
- The service was also ordered to produce the arrested aides of the embattled southwest activist before the next hearing
- These orders from the court came after an application was filed by the suspects' counsel, Pelumi Olajengbesi
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Abuja - More than three weeks after their arrest the 12 detained aides of Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho), on Friday, July 23, got what some might call a favourable ruling at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
In a hearing presided over by Justice Obiora Egwuatu, the court received an ex parte application from the suspects' lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, before ordering the Department of State Service (DSS) to produce the detained aides, Punch reports.
Moreover, the judge asked the DSS to present before the court its argument as to why the plaintiffs should not be admitted to bail, The Nation also reported.
Part of the application filed by Olajengbesi ordered the security service to “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.”
The matter was adjourned to Thursday, July 29, before which the DSS are expected to produce the activist's aides.
DSS declares Sunday Igboho wanted, confirms attack on his residence
Meanwhile, Igboho had been declared wanted by the DSS. This was made known by the DSS, on Thursday night, July 1, at a press briefing where it confirmed that a joint team of security operatives raided Igboho's residence in Soka area of Ibadan.
It was gathered that Nigeria’s secret police confirmed gunning down two of Igboho’s allies while the rest were subdued and arrested.
Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman while addressing the media in Abuja also paraded no fewer than 12 suspects (11 male and 1 female) who were apprehended during the operation.
Some of the items recovered from the Yoruba activist's house including charm, weapons, telephone, and passports were put on display by the DSS.