The Federal Supreme Court in Abuja has ordered the Ministry of Public Services (DSS) to release imprisoned supporters of popular Yoruba activist Sandy Igboho. He ordered his release after the activists spent four weeks in DSS custody.
Four weeks ago, Torix said twelve aides to the Yoruba separatist leader, Chief Sunday Igboho were arrested by Department of Public Service (DSS) officials. 32 days after he was arrested at his facility, the Abuja court ordered his immediate release. Newsdirect reports that twelve activist aides were released on bail in a recent ruling by prominent Nigerian judge Obiora Egwuatu. He also announced that the verdict was brought by lawyer Pelumi Oladjenbesi.
The judge accepted Pelumi Olajengbesi’ s lawyer’ s motion and rejected comments by DSS lawyer Idowu Awo about the aid held by activists. Mr Idowu Awo reportedly rejected calls for the release of the detained Nigerians, saying that some detainees would flee the country.
During the ruling on the case, Judge Eguatu of the Abuja Federal Court said 12 detainees were entitled to bail. He said the country’ s constitution forbids detaining people beyond the stipulated time.
He went on to state that the Constitution also disapproves of situations where people’ s freedoms are restricted under illegal circumstances. The suspects have been released on bail under various conditions and will remain in the DSS detention center until their conditions improve.
We recall that a few weeks ago DSS officers stormed Igboho’ s house on Sunday and arrested several of his supporters. They are said to have killed several of his supporters during the attack. Some reports also indicate that his wife was arrested but later released
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