Lawyer to the detained aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has urged the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, whom he described ‘as one of the more frequent and honoured guests of the Villa’ to use the opportunity to tell President Muhammadu Buhari to free the Yoruba Nation agitators who are still in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) despite the court’s order to grant them bail.
This was contained in a letter by Olajengbesi to the monarch titled, ‘Continuous Unlawful Detention Of Two Of Igboho’s Aides By The State Security Service: A Call For Intervention’ on Monday.
The letter comes after the Ooni in an interview said Yoruba Nation agitators want fairness and are concerned about the worsening security situation in the South-West zone.
It partly read, “We are well advised of your strong socio-political campaign for the welfare and wellness of your people and your uncommon commitment to fair play, natural justice and equity. Your ascension to the throne was greeted with expressions of hope and gratitude owing to your steadfast leadership style and reliability as king, father and the protector of your people.
“All of this will now be called to question if you remain silent in a crucial time like this without demanding to know the whereabouts of a Yoruba child or daughter, given the fact that they are now being held unlawfully and unjustly.
“It is, therefore, in your capacity as King, Father and Protector that we make this deferential request in the hopes that you may kindly stand in the gap for your subjects who have gained their freedom on paper but continue to be incarcerated on a whim by the State Security Service.
“If protecting your subjects is one of the essential powers of your office, we do make bold most respectfully to state that this is an opportune time to give impetus to your role as the leader of your people. We therefore call on you to speak to President Muhammadu Buhari to let your unlawfully detained people go.”
The DSS had during a midnight invasion of Igboho’s Soka house in Ibadan, Oyo State, arrested 12 of the activist’s allies and detained them in Abuja. The detainees had approached the court to seek their fundamental right to freedom.
The DSS, last week, freed 10 of the 12 aides of Igboho after over 60 days in detention following their arrest since July 1.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on August 4, 2021, granted bail to the 12 detainees.
They had met their bail conditions, including the provision of 24 sureties, but the DSS lawyer, Idowu Awo, had kicked against the bail granted by Justice Egwuatu to four of them, on claims that they were heavily involved in the alleged offence of arms stockpiling and other criminal activities of their boss, Sunday Igboho.
After a long dilly-dally, the secret police, in compliance to a court order, first released eight of the 12 detainees on Monday, August 30, 2021, holding onto the remaining four.