The lawyer to the detained aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, has berated the Department of State Services (DSS) for disregarding court orders.
On August 4, Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had granted bail to the 12 aides after spending over 60 days in detention.
After meeting their bail conditions, the secret police refused to release the aides alleging that they were helping their boss to stockpile arms to cause chaos in the country.
But after so many outcries, the DSS, last week, released 10 of the 12 aides of Igboho following their arrest since July 1.
But in a letter to the DSS, Igboho’s associates lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, asked the secret agency to immediately release the remaining two aides in their custody.
Olajengbesi advised the secret police to obey court orders and release his remaining clients, Amudat Habibat Babatunde and Jamiu Noah Oyetunji.
He stated that the failure of the DSS to comply with court orders will be damaging Nigeria’s reputation in the community of nations.
The letter to the secret police on Tuesday is titled, ‘Request For The Release Of Amudat Habibat Babatunde And Jamiu Noah Oyetunji Already Granted Bail By The Federal High Court But Still In Your Custody’.
It partly read, “The continuous incarceration of the Applicants particularly Amudat Habibat Babatunde, a single mother with aged parents and the sole bread-winner of her family who since her arrest by your agency lost all contact and possible means to see and fend for the welfare of her children and aged parents, have greatly affected their families and caused untold regression of their health.
“While we respect the intentions of the Service to charge the detainees pursuance to the laws of the land, it is equally imperative to note that same law has granted them bail and a further direction has been made by the Court that the detainees should report to the SSS on the first Monday of every month which we shall ensure that the detainees obey.
“We strongly believe that respecting an order of court is a mandatory responsibility and the SSS being a creation of law and an agency that prides itself on the strict observance of the Rule of Law will be damaging the reputation of the country by refusing to comply with same for any reason.
“In view of this, we appeal that in the interest of justice, respect of the rule of law and the mental welfare of the detainees and their family, that the SSS effect their release in accordance with the bail order of court even as we assure the agency of their availability at any time they are needed afterwards.”
Source: Naija News