The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, 4th August, 2021 has granted bail application to the 12 detained aides of Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho in the Department of State Services (DSS) Custody.
The judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu ordered all the detained aides to be admitted to bail after a recess that lasted for over two hours, following the submissions of the counsels on both sides.
During the trial, the DSS lawyer, I. Awo, told the court that he was opposing the bail of four out of the twelve applicants on the ground that the DSS’ investigation has revealed their high complicity in the offence of arms stockpiling.
The DSS lawyer argued that the four aides should not be granted bail in the interest of justice and national security, as their investigation was currently ongoing and has not been concluded.
Awo submitted that once investigation is concluded, the DSS will not hesitate to charge them to court.
“The fear of the respondent is that if granted bail, they will not make themselves available for further investigation and possible prosecution,” Awo argued.
However, the lawyer to Igboho’s aides, Pelumi Olajengbesi argued that Igboho’s aides have been detained by the DSS for 34 days and are yet to be charged to court for any offence.
He further argued that their continued detention violated the provisions of the constitution and was an infringement on their fundamental human right.
The lawyer to the detained aides, Olajengbesi had earlier prayed the court to admit the Igboho’s aides to bail unconditionally.
But, Olajengbesi later urged the court to release the aides on bail and assured the court that they will ensure a reasonable surety to give the DSS assurance that the applicants will be available for further investigations.
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