BREAKING: As Soon As Bail Is Perfected For 12 Detained Igboho Associates, Nigeria’s Federal Judge “Disappears.
NewsReport August 18, 2021
After the 12 jailed aids of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho, were released, we learned that Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja had mysteriously vanished.
Following a source at the court, News Report learned on Wednesday that the 12 aids had completed all of their bail terms.
“They were told that he did not come to work and had left orders that another judge must not sign on his behalf,” the source said when they transported the detainees to the judge.
According to reports, Justice Egwuatu was scheduled to sign the convicts’ release warrants, but the court’s bail office reported he was unavailable.
The court had asked each of the 12 detainees to get two sureties each, making it a total of 24 sureties. The detainees had secured the sureties last week but the bail office of the court said it needed to write letters to the offices of the 24 sureties to get more confirmation.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had arrested the 12 persons on July 1, 2021, during a raid on Igboho’s Ibadan residence around 1am, killing two persons in the process.
The 12 detained persons had approached the court to seek their release in line with their fundamental human rights.
The aides are Abdullateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Irinloye, Dikeola Ademola, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Olakunle Oluwapelumi, Raji Kazeem, and Taiwo Tajudeen; while the four aides are Amudat Babatunde, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Oyetunji, and Bamidele Sunday.
Justice Egwuatu had on August 4, 2021 admitted the 12 applicants to bail.
The 12 persons have spent about 50 days in the custody of the secret police in Abuja but the DSS through its lawyer, Idowu Awo filed a remand application, asking the court to nullify the bail earlier granted to four of the 12 detained associates of Igboho.