By Olalekan Awojodu
After over two months in the custody of the Department of the State Service (DSS), the agency has slammed five-count terrorism charges against two aides of the Yoruba nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho.
The charges marked FHC/ABJ/CR/305/2021 and dated August 31 but filed on September 1, 2021 were filled against them at the federal high court in Abuja
Defendants in the charges are Jamiu Noah Oyetunji and a house wife,Mrs Amudat Habibat Babatunde.
In the charges signed by S.M Bello and M.I. Bennett indicated that the two defendants and others still at large on July 1, 2021 at the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo conspired to commit act of terrorism and unlawful possession of firearms
The two defendants, Jamiu Noah Oyetunji and Mrs. Amudat Habibat Babatunde – are those the SSS held on to despite the August 4, 2021 an order by Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja for the release of all the 12 detained associates of Adeyemo arrested by SSS operatives during the July 1, 2021 raid on Adeyemo’s Ibadan home.
The charge reads:
*That you Jamiu Noah Oyetunji, Amudat Habibat Babatunde (adults) with others still at large, on or about the first day of July, 2021, at the residence of one Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire to commits acts of terrorism, to wits possession of prohibited fire arms: contrary to Section 17 of Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.
However no date has yet been fixed for their arraignment.
Meanwhile, at the resumed hearing on Wednesday in the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before the Federal High Court by the detainees against the SSS, the agency’s lawyer, Idowu Awo told the court that a gang of armed thieves (commonly known as “one chance,” highjacked case file from his colleague who was coming to court with it.
Awo said the thieves snatched the case-file from his colleague, who unknowingly, boarded their vehicle, adding that other items belonging to the unnamed colleague were stolen along with the case file.
He then prayed the court for an adjournment.
Lawyer to the applicant, David Olowoniwa initially objected the SSS’ lawyer’s application for adjournment but later conceded upon the intervention of the judge.
In his, ruling, Justice Eguwatu held that since the court’s vacation was coming to an end, he would return the case file to the court’s Chief Judge for re-assignment during the regular court session.