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Igboho’s aides still in DSS custody three days after bail

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The 12 detained associates of the Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho) are still in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) three days after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted them bail.

The Nation reported on Friday that the fugitive’s associates were yet to meet the conditions attached to the bail granted them on August 4 by Justice Obiora Egwuatu.

The report was confirmed by their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, who stated that his clients have not completely perfected the bail granted them.

Olajengbesi, however, said efforts are ongoing to ensure that the 12 are out of the DSS’ custody by Monday.

“We had thought that, by the judge’s pronouncement in the open court, we were required to produce only four sureties.

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“But when we sought clarification later, we were told we need to produce two sureties for each of them.

“So, we are working to get 24 people in all. We do not intend to return to the court to ask for a variation.

“There are many people who are willing to support and who believe in the cause they are fighting. So, we are working to ensure they are out by Monday,” he said.

Recall that the 12 aides were arrested during the DSS’ raid on Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo State on July 1.

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Justice Eguatu had on August 4, granted bail to eight of them, whose bail application was not challenged by the DSS, at N5million each.

The judge then granted bail at N10 million each, for the other four, whose application was challenged by the DSS.

Those who got N5m bail were Abdulateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Erinoye, Diekola Jubril, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Oluwafemi Kunle, Raji Kazeem and Bamidele Sunday.

Those granted bail at N10m were Amudat Babatunde (AKA Lady K), Okoyemi Tajudeen, Abideen Shittu and Jamiu Oyetunji.

The judge ordered each of the detainees to produce two sureties, one of whom must be an employee of the Federal Government from Grade Level 12 above.

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According to the judge, the sureties must be resident in Abuja, must have landed property must and must swear to an affidavit of means, in addition to providing evidence of three years tax payment.

The judge also ordered that the title documents of the said property must be verified by the court’s Registrar and the DSS.

Justice Egwuatu added the four, granted N10m bail, are to report to the DSS on the first Monday of every month for the next three months.

The judge said they should remain in the custody of the DSS until they are able to meet the bail conditions.

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