The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday failed to produce in court the 12 Yoruba Nation agitators arrested at the residence of Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho), in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Justice Obiora Egwatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja had on Friday, July 23, ordered the DSS to produce the detainees in court today.
However, DSS disobeyed the court order by refusing to produce any of them, a development that did not go down well with the presiding judge, who ordered the Service to produce them unfailingly on Monday 2nd August.
Justice Egwuatu told the DSS that when a court of competent jurisdiction gives an order, it must be respected and obeyed.
Justice Egwatu ordered the DSS to allow counsel to the detainees to see them between today and the next adjourned date (Monday).
When the case resumed today, counsel to the DSS, David Awo, said the detainees could not be produced in court because they had been taken away for “verification facts”, noting that it was not the intention of his client to disrespect the court.
He noted that the detainees would be released when investigation are completed.
But, counsel to the 12 detainees, Pelumi Olajenbasi, asked the court to sanction the DSS for deliberately disrespecting the court.
He further asked that the court orders the DSS to release them on bail and grant him access to them
Twelve agitators were arrested on 2nd July, while about seven others were allegedly killed during the raid by DSS and other security agencies in the middle of the night.
The detainees are: Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amuda Babatunde (alias Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diekola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday.
Olajengbesi had earlier told the court that the detainees have been kept incommunicado since their arrest.