There was a minor drama in Abuja Federal Court on Monday as the court attempted to identify the 12 detained aides of Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
The confusion arose when the court tried to find out the identities of those presented to the court by the Department of State Services (DSS) and those who were not presented to the court.
When the case came up before Justice Obiora Egwuatu, the DSS only presented eight of the detained Igbobo’s aides to court. The produced aides were seven men and one woman.
Recall that the PUNCH had previously reported that Judge Egwuatu had ordered the DSS to present the 12 detained aides.
At the last adjourned date, when the DSS failed to produce them in court, the DSS lawyer, I. Awo told the court that some names in the court order were different from the names of the people they arrested on July 1, 2021, at Igboho’s house.
On Monday, the lawyer for the detained aides, Pelumi Olajengbesi, asked the court for permission to amend his processes before the court to reflect their correct names.
Legal counsel for DSS, I. Awo, did not oppose the request for a leave of absence to adjust the processes.
However, he argued that the order issued by Olajengbesi was pre-empting the court, as the court may, at its discretion, either grant or deny the application.
Justice Egwuatu granted the lawyer’s request to the detained aides to amend and archive his procedures to reflect the correct names of the detained aides.
He also postponed the case to August 4th, 2021.
In addition, the lawyer for the 12 Igboho’s aides arrested, Pelumi Olajengbesi, condemned the harassment of journalists in the Federal Court of Justice in Abuja on Monday.
Olajengbesi expressed his displeasure in a statement titled “SSS Harassment of Journalists in Court premises” issued on Monday after the trial of detained Igboho’s aides came up in court.
“I strongly condemn the brutal harassment of journalists and media personnel by State Service Department operatives this morning in Abuja Federal Court.