Nigeria’s secret police, Department of the State Services (DSS) has produced 8 of the associates of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, who were arrested in the house of the agitator.
The DSS on Monday bowed to pressure by a Federal High Court in Abuja that it must produce the 12 detained agitators before the court.
This followed the fresh order issued by the court on Thursday, June 29 that the detainees be produced in court on Monday (today).
The 8 suspects produced on Monday were taken to court in a Toyota bus, but under heavy security.
The DSS on Friday only allowed their lawyers to see four of them in detention.
Basehitz learnt that the DSS, however, kept back eight persons in custody, claiming that the names it was given were wrong.
Basehitz gathered that their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, led another lawyer to the office of the DSS on Friday.
“The DSS invited the lawyer to the 12 Yoruba Nation agitators arrested at Sunday Igboho’s house in Ibadan to visit them (the agitators).
“This follows an order by the Federal High Court judge in Abuja this week that they must be produced,” a source told Basehitz on Friday.
“But they brought three men and the lady among them (Lady K), who has not been allowed a change of clothes since July 1. They claimed the names of the rest were wrong,” the source added.
The court had granted an ex parte application by the detainees and among others, ordered the DSS to produce them on July 29 and to show cause why they should not be granted bail.
At the resumed hearing in the case on Thursday, the secret police failed to produce the applicants but made effort to justify its inability to comply with the court’s order.
The applicants are Abdulateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde, Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday.
However, Justice Obiora Egwuatu told the DSS that when a court of competent jurisdiction gave an order, such orders were meant to be obeyed.
The agency had on July 1 raided Igboho’s residence in Oyo.
Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesman, said the security agency recovered illegal arms including seven AK-47 rifles and thousands of ammunition from Igboho’s house.