Court restrains AGF, DSS from harassing, intimidating Igboho •Admits associates to N10m, N5m bail conditions

JUSTICE Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court sitting at Ring Road, in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Wednesday granted an ex parte motion restraining the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF) from arresting, intimidating, harassing and blocking bank accounts of Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho).

The order was granted following an ex parte motion moved by his lawyer, Chief Yomi Alliyu before the court

The motion is an offshoot of the originating motion seeking N500 billion damages for invasion of Igboho’s house in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on July 1, earlier filed before the court. Delivering his ruling,

Akintola said that he was satisfied with explanation provided by the applicant’s counsel, evidencing the urgent need to grant the application. The judge ordered and restrained the respondents, their agents or any other security agents acting on their behalf from killing, arresting, detaining or harrassing Igboho.

Akintola also restrained the respondents from interfering with the applicant’s fundamental rights to life, personal liberty, freedom of movement and enjoyment of his property without fear of invasion of his home. The judge further ordered the respondents from blocking the account of the applicant in any bank or placing debit on it and to lift same where they had so acted, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

He, however, adjourned the case untill August 18, for hearing of the originating summon. Alliyu expressed confidence that the AGF, Abubakar Malami, would not disobey the court order, stressing that it was given directly against his office.

Also on Wednesday, Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, granted bail to the 12 associates of Igboho held in the custody of DSS since July 2.

Justice Egwuatu, in his ruling on the bail applications of the detainees, held that there is no charge against them and went ahead to admit four of the applicants to bail in the sum of N10 million each, with two sureties in like sum, while the remaining eight were granted bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety each. The four applicants granted N10 million bail are Amudat Babatunde (a.k.a Lady K), Okoyemi Tajudeen, Abideen Shittu and Jamiu Oyetunji.

Others admitted to N5 million bail are Abdulateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Erinoye, Diekola Jubril, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Oluwafemi Kunle, Raji Kazeem and Bamidele Sunday.

One of the sureties, the court held, must be an employee of the Federal Government on grade level 12 and above and must be resident in Abuja and have properties, must swear to an affidavit of means.

The judge also ordered that the title deeds of the said property of the sureties must be verified by the Court registrar and the DSS in addition to evidence of three years tax payment.

The court said the sureties must also submit all travel documents to the court. Meanwhile, the four applicants, admitted to N10 million bail were ordered to report to the DSS on first Monday of every month for the next three months.

Egwuatu, in addition, held that the four applicants should remain in the custody of the DSS pending the perfection of their bail.

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