The 12 detained aides of the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, have finally gotten two person each to stand as sureties, and may be on the way to perfecting their bail after spending about 50 days in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
This was disclosed by their legal counsel Pelumi Olajengbesi on Friday, who said the requirement for 24 sureties had been met as required by the court.
“We have the 24 sureties already as required by the court, but the challenge is the bail office insisted that it needs to write letters to all the offices of the sureties to confirm the sureties,” he said.
The aides are Abdullateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Irinloye, Dikeola Ademola, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Olakunle Oluwapelumi, Raji Kazeem, and Taiwo Tajudeen. Others are Amudat Babatunde, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Oyetunji and Bamidele Sunday.
DSS operatives had on July 1, 2021 arrested the 12 persons during a raid on Igboho’s residence in Ibadan around 1am, killing two other aides of the activist in a gun duel.
The 12 detained persons had approached the court through their lawyers led by Pelumi Olajengbesi to seek their release in line with their fundamental human rights.
The presiding judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, had on August 4, 2021 admitted the 12 applicants to bail.
However, their bail perfection could not push through last week as the Federal High Court in Abuja demanded 24 sureties; a development that was in contrast to four sureties earlier demanded by the court.
Meanwhile, the DSS has filed a remand application at the Federal High Court in Abuja, asking the court to nullify the bail earlier granted to four of the 12 detained associates of Igboho- Babatunde, Shittu, Oyetunji, and Sunday.
The DSS lawyer urged the court to remand the four detainees pending their arraignment during court vacation revealing that the four detainees were heavily involved in the alleged offence of arms stockpiling and other criminal activities of their boss, Sunday Igboho.
The DSS alleged that it had recovered seven AK-47 rifles, three pump-action rifles, one stun gun, 221 live rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 1,295 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one jack knife and a walkie-talkie during their arrest on July 1, 2021.