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Igboho files lawsuit against FG, demands release of detained aides



Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, has approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, for the release of his aides arrested by Department of State Services (DSS) operatives at his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan on July 1.

Counsel for Sunday Igboho, Chief Yomi Aliyu (SAN), told our journalist on the phone on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit before a Federal High Court in Abuja for the release of the 13 arrested people.

The lawyer did not give the details of the lawsuit, but he said spokesman for Igboho, Olayomi Koiki, had issued a statement on Wednesday that the DSS did not allow lawyers to see Igboho’s aides in its custody.

When questioned what step he was taking to ensure their release, Aliyu said, “We have filed an action before a Federal High Court in Abuja concerning their bail.  We filed it today.”

The DSS had raided the home of Igboho around 1:30am on July 1. The secret police admitted to killing two of his aides and arresting 13 people, stating that its men recovered weapons and ammunition.

However, Igboho, who has since denied the claims, said the weapons were planted by the DSS.

Similarly, the Ilana Omo Oodua has declared that the 49 protesters arrested during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos will soon be released.

The spokesman for Professor Banji Akintoye-led group, Maxwell Adeleye, told our journalist on Thursday that the group’s lawyers had been working to ensure the release of the protesters that have spent six days in police custody.

He said, “We know that they have been in police custody for so many days now, but our lawyers are working to ensure their release.

“I don’t want to say what we are doing, but I can assure you that they will be freed very soon because they did not commit any crime.”