The counsel to the 12 associates of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, has revealed that the trial has been set for Tuesday, July 20, 2021, (Sallah Day).
This was disclosed by one of the counsels of the detained persons, Pelumi Olajengbesi, during an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday.
Olajengbesi said that the suit instituted by detained associates against the Department of State Services and its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, will come up for a hearing t the Federal High Court, Abuja.
However, a source within the court revealed that judges are avoiding the matter because of its sensitive nature.
The source said, “In fact, two judges initially declined to take up the suit when it was assigned to their courts before it was taken up by Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court 9, Abuja.”
The detained persons, through their lawyers, subsequently sued the secret police and its director-general.
In the joint suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on July 7, 2021, the applicants sought an order of the court “mandating and compelling the respondents to produce the applicants” to enable the court to “inquire into the circumstances constituting grounds of their arrest and detention” since July 1, 2021.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/647/2021, the applicants also sought the order of the court mandating and compelling the respondents to produce the applicants before the court and “show cause as to why the applicants should not be granted bail in accordance with the provision of section 32 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and other extant laws in Nigeria.”
Our correspondent could not confirm whether the respondents have been summoned to enter appearance within 30 days of service, but it was gathered that the court has fixed Tuesday for hearing of the matter.
Olajengbesi on Sunday told The PUNCH that though Tuesday and Wednesday had been announced by the Federal Government as holiday to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, the court insisted that it would hear the case on Tuesday.
He said, “We were at the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday and we can confirm that the matter has been assigned to Federal High Court 9, Abuja and will be coming up for hearing on Tuesday the 20th of July, 2021.
“While we are not ignorance of the fact that the stipulated date happens to be a public holiday as declared by the Federal Government, we contacted the Registrar of the court and complained, but the response was that My Lord personally fixed the date. We are optimistic that we will get another short date since we are not certain the matter will proceed for hearing that day, however we will follow up.
“The matter should have been heard by now, but we are surprised that it took too long for us to get response on the assigned court despite filing affidavits of extreme urgency. We are glad the matter is now in Court 9 and we are hopeful of having a good day in court soon.”
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