Court restrains AGF, DSS from arresting Igboho, freezing his bank accounts

August 5, 2021
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IBADAN – An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has restrained the Depart­ment of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), from arresting, in­timidating, harassing and freezing the bank accounts of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popular­ly known as Sunday Igboho.

The restraining order was grant­ed by Justice Ladiran Akintola fol­lowing an ex parte motion moved by Igboho’s lawyer, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), at the court on Wednesday.

The motion developed from the originating summons seeking N500 billion damages for the invasion of Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on July 1.

According to Justice Akin­tola, “I hereby grant an order of injunction restraining the respondents, their agents, privies, and/or associates in other security forces and/or anybody acting on their be­half and/or instructions from killing, arresting, detaining, molesting, harassing, and/or in a way interfere with the ap­plicant’s fundamental rights to life, personal liberty, freedom of movement and peaceful enjoyment of his property without fear of invasion of his house by the respondents and their agents pending the hearing of the applicant’s orig­inating motion.

“Also an order restraining the respondents, their agents, privies and/or associates in other security forces and/or anybody acting on their be­half and/or instructions from blocking the accounts of the applicant in any bank and/or placing no debit thereon and directing them to lift same where they had so acted pend­ing the hearing of the appli­cant’s originating summon.”

Sunday Igboho’s lawyer, Alliyu, expressed confidence that the AGF will not disobey the court order, stressing that it was given directly against his office.

It would be recalled that on July 1, DSS invaded Sunday Igboho’s house in Ibadan, kill­ing two of his people, arrested 12 that are currently in DSS custody in Abuja while many valuable properties were de­stroyed.

Sunday Igboho is also cur­rently undergoing trial at Be­nin Republic’s court.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to 12 supporters of Sunday Igboho who were arrested in Oyo State.

Operatives of DSS had on July 1 raided Igboho’s resi­dence in Oyo and arrested 12 of his supporters.

The arrested persons were subsequently moved to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they have been in detention.

The suspects through their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, filed an application asking the court to “inquire into the circumstances constituting grounds of their arrest and detention since July 2, 2021, and where it deems fit admit applicants on bail”.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Olajengbesi, coun­sel to the applicants, asked the court to admit his clients to bail.

“There is no need to con­tinue to keep them with the respondents,” he said.

Commenting on the bail application, David Awo, DSS counsel, had said he was not opposed to bail for the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th ap­plicants.

He told the court that the remaining four applicants (2nd, 12th, 5th, and 6th) were still being investigated.

Ruling on the bail applica­tion, Obiora Egwatu, the pre­siding judge, said it is clear that no charge has been preferred against the applicants and that they have been in detention since they were arrested.

He said the applicants have a right to liberty and the pre­sumption of innocence until proven guilty.

He admitted the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10 and 11th appli­cants to bail in the sum of N5 million and two sureties each.

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