The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday, ordered
the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce the 12
Yoruba Nation agitators arrested and placed in detention
since July 2, 2021, in court next week Thursday.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu made the order in a ruling on an
ex-parte motion filed on July 8 and moved yesterday by
Pelumi Olajengbesi on behalf of the applicants.
By the motion, the applicants had prayed for an order of
court mandating and compelling the respondent 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,” Olajengbesi told the court.
He said 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 on the
ground, and denied access to their lawyers and relatives”
Olajengbesi submitted and 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
applicants’ lawyer stated.
After listening to the motion, Justice Egwuatu ordered the
DSS to produce the applicants in court on July 29, being
the next adjourned date in the matter.