The State Services Department (DSS) stated that it had only three associates of Sunday Igboho in its custody.
DSS’ lawyer, I. Awo told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday that, as against the claim by lawyers to the associates that 12 of them were being held, it has three – Amoda Babatunde (aka Lady K), Diokola Adeyemo Admola and Bamidele Sunday – in its custody.
Awo added the DSS also had Abdullateef Ofeyagbe (the first applicant) in its custody until July 27when he was released.
The DSS’ lawyer spoke at the resumed hearing in a fundamental rights enforcement suit by 12 associates of Igboho, who claimed to have been arrested since the DSS raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence on July 1.
Lawyer to the applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, faulted Awo’s claim and insisted that all his clients were being held by the DSS.
Meanwhile, the DSS failed to produce the applicants on Thursday as against the order for their production made last week.
Although Awo tried to explain why his client could not comply with the court’s order, Justice Obiora Egwuatu restated the order for the applicants’ production on the next adjourned date.
Justice Egwuatu also ordered the DSS to allow the applicants’ lawyers access to them between today and Monday.
He adjourned till August 2 for the DSS to produce them in court and for further hearing in the case.
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