Justice Obiora Egwatu of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court has ordered the Department of State Security Services, DSS, to produce before him the 12 persons that were arrested at the residence of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho.
The Judge also ordered that the DSS boss and the other respondents in the matter appear in court and show cause why the 12 persons should not be admitted to bail.
The Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been on the run since the deadly raid on his residence by the DSS.
Two persons were killed while 12 were arrested, whisked to Abuja, and later paraded by the secret police. They have been in detention since.
On Friday, their lawyer, Pelumi Olajemgbesi, brought an exparte application before Justice Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, for the release of the detainees.
He argued that since their arrest on July 2, they have been held incommunicado in an underground cell.
Justice Egwuatu subsequently ordered parties in the matter to appear before him unfailingly on July 29, to show cause to the court why Igboho’s aides should not be admitted to bail conditionally or unconditionally.
The applicants in the matter are Abdulateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde, Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, and Ayobami Donald.
Others are Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi, and Bamidele Sunday.
The two respondents in the matter are the Director-General State Security Service (DSS) and State Security Services, (SSS).
Meanwhile, Igboho who was arrested on Tuesday in Cotonou, Benin Republic, is awaiting an extradition hearing that will determine whether he will be brought back to the country after he was declared wanted by the Federal Government.