By Olalekan Awojodu
Justice Obiorah Egwuatu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday, ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce 12 Yoruba Nation agitators arrested and placed in detention since July 2.
The court made the order following an ex parte motion moved by Pelumi Olajengbesi on behalf of the applicants. The motion was dated 7th July and filed on the 8th.
By the motion, the applicants prayed for an order of court mandating and compelling the respondents to produce them in court for them to be arraigned.
“We equally seek an order directing the respondent (DSS) to produce the applicants and show cause why the applicants should not be granted bail.
“They have been in the custody of the DSS since 2nd July, 2021.
“By way of adumbration, the nature of the application is such that the applicants have approached the court to seek “protection and refuge” from undue violation of their fundamental human rights.
“For about 20 days, the applicants have remained underground, and denied access to their lawyers and relatives” Olajengbesi submitted.
The applicant’s lawyer reminded the court that the sole purpose of democracy is to ensure that government agencies and citizens abide by the rule of law.
“If the application is not granted, the purpose of the judiciary to protect the rights of citizens is violated” the lawyer posited.
After listening to the applicant’s motion, Justice Egwuatu ordered the DSS to produce the applicants to court on the next adjourned date of July 29.