In a dramatic departure from its earlier public pronouncements, the Department of State Services (DSS), on Thursday, denied having 12 associates of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, in its custody.
According the nation’s secret police, only three associates of Igboho are in its custody.
Counsel to DSS, I. Awo told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday that, as against the claim by lawyers to the associates that 12 of them were being held, it has three – Amoda Babatunde (aka Lady K), Diokola Adeyemo Admola and Bamidele Sunday – in its custody.
Awo also added that the DSS also had Abdullateef Ofeyagbe (the first applicant) in its custody until July 27 when he was released.
It will however be recalled that the DSS had paraded 12 of Igboho’s associates at its headquarters in Abuja after they were arrested during a bloody raid on Sooka, Ibadan, Oyo State residence in the dead of the night.
The counsel to DSS spoke at the resumed hearing in a fundamental rights enforcement suit by 12 associates of Igboho, who claimed to have been arrested since the DSS raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence on July 1.
Lawyer to the applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, however faulted Awo’s claim, insisting that all his clients were being held by the DSS.
The secret police also failed to produced them in court as ordered by Justice Obiora Egwuatu last week.
Though Awo made efforts to explain why his client could not comply with the court’s order, Justice Egwuatu restated the order for the applicants’ production on the next adjourned date, while also ordering the DSS to allow the applicants’ lawyers access to them between today and Monday.
He adjourned till August 2 for the DSS to produce them in court and for further hearing in the case.