The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a motion filed by the Department of State Service (DSS) seeking continuous detention of four out of the 12 aides of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
The motion was thrown out by the presiding judge, Justice Obiora Egwuata, on Tuesday following its dramatic withdrawal by counsel to the DSS, Idowu Awo.
At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, the secret agency’s lawyer announced his decision not to go ahead with the matter when the motion was called. Rather than going ahead with the motion, the counsel informed the court that he had filed a notice of appeal against the bail granted to four out of the 12 detainees and that he would prefer to pursue the appeal at the Court of Appeal.
Justice Egwuatu subsequently struck out the motion following the no objection by the detainee’s lawyer, Sunday Adebayo. It would be recalled that no fewer than eight associates of the embattled agitator were produced in court by the nation’s topmost secret service earlier in August.
The eight associates, out of the 12 persons allegedly detained by the security outfit, appeared before a Federal High Court in Abuja after they were produced by the DSS.
Those produced in compliance with court order were Amoda Babatunde (aka Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola Jubril, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah Oyetunji, Ayobami Donald, Raji Kazeem, and Bamidele Sunday.
Four others – Abdullateef Ademola Onaolapo, Uthman Opeyemi Adelabu, Oluwafemi Ola Kunle, Okoyemi Tajudeen – were not brought before the court owing to discrepancies in their names.