Court Restrains DSS, Malami From Arresting Igboho, Blocking His Bank Accounts - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Court Restrains DSS, Malami From Arresting Igboho, Blocking His Bank Accounts

••• As Fed High Court, Abuja, Grants Bail To 12 Detained Associates  Of Igboho 


By Our Reporter 

A State High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital,  has granted an ex-parte motion barring the Department of State Security (DSS) and Attorney General of the Federation from arresting, intimidating, harassing Chief Sunday Igboho,  popularly called Sunday Igboho. 

The Court presided over by Justice Ladi' Akintola, restrained the Secret Police and the AGF from blocking bank accounts of Igboho.

The order was granted on Wednesday morning based on an ex-parte motion  moved before justice Akintola by Igboho's counsel, Chief Yomi Aliu (SAN).

The motion emanated from the originating motion seeking N500 billion damages for alleged unlawful invasion of his house in Ibadan on July 1.

Hearing in the suit was adjourned to August 18  with Aliu expressing the  confidence that the AGF Abubakar Malami (SAN) will follow the court order.

According to the counsel, the order was given directly against his office.

Similarly, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja overruled the DSS and granted bail to the 12 persons that were arrested at the residence of Igboho.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu admitted the applicants to bail after he overruled the Department of State Services, DSS, which opposed the release of four out of the 12 persons that have been detained since July 1.

The Secret Police had claimed that its investigations revealed that the four detained aides of Igboho - Amudat Habitat Babatunde, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah Oyetunji and Bamidele Sunday -  were connected to the stock piling of arms.

But the DSS did not oppose the release of eight others- Abdulateef Ademola Onaolapo, Tajudeen Irinyole, Diekola Jubril Ademola, Ayobami Donald and Uthman Opeyemi Adelab whom it said had minimal connections in Igboho’s alleged criminal activities.

In his ruling, Justice Egwuatu held that the Constitution empowered the court exercise its discretionary powers to grant the Applicant bail.

Consequently, while it granted bail to the eight Applicants the DSS did not oppose their application, in the sum of N5million with two sureties each, the court, gave the other four Applicants bail in the sum of N10m with two sureties each.

The court held that the sureties must be resident in Abuja, adding that one of them must be a civil servant not below grade level 12, with evidence  of letter of employment and last promotion letter, valid passport photograph and tax paying  sureties.


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