The Department of State Services (DSS) has released eight of the aides of Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba rights activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho, after over two months of detention.
The DSS released the eight detainees on Monday, their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, confirmed at a press conference.
The released persons are Abdullateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Irinloye, Dikeola Ademola, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Olakunle Oluwapelumi, Raji Kazeem and Taiwo Tajudeen.
They were released after meeting the bail conditions set by Justice Obiora Egwuatu, the presiding judge.
Justice Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had on 4 August granted bail to all the detained aides of Igboho following their institution of a suit before the court.
Olajengbesi, however, announced that four persons are still being detained by the secret police.
He listed the detained persons as Amudat Babatunde, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Oyetunji and Bamidele Sunday.
The DSS had through its lawyer, Idowu Awo, opposed the bail of four applicants – Babatunde, Shittu, Oyetunji, and Sunday – saying that they should not be granted bail in the interest of justice and national security.
According to Awo, their investigation was currently ongoing and has not been concluded.
But Olajengbesi insisted that the four detained persons must be freed as they had been granted bail by the court.
He also stated that the DSS must account for the two associates of Igboho killed during the bloody raid of July 1, 2021.
DSS operatives had on July 1 raided Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, and arrested 12 of his supporters after they failed to capture the Yoruba Nation agitator.
The arrested persons were subsequently moved to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they have been in detention.
In a joint suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/647/2021, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on July 7, 2021, the detained persons through their counsel, Olajengbesi, sought an order of the court “mandating and compelling the respondents to produce the applicants” to enable the court “inquire into the circumstances constituting grounds of their arrest and detention” since July 1, 2021.
They also prayed for an order of the court mandating and compelling the respondents to produce the applicants before the court and “show cause as to why the applicants should not be granted bail in accordance with the provision of section 32 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and other extant laws in Nigeria”.
The DSS subsequently filed an application before the court on 9 August, asking for the revocation of bail for the aforementioned four Igboho’s aides.