Today, a New Judge will Sign the Release Warrants for the Igboho Aides.
It was learned that the jailed aides had complied with all of their bail conditions.
According to reports, the detainees’ lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, went to the court’s bail office on Tuesday to request that another judge sign the release warrant for his clients, who have been held in the Department of State Services’ custody for almost 50 days.
Olajengbesi claimed the court’s bail office informed him on Tuesday that the case’s sitting judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, had left the country.
The lawyer told newsmen on Tuesday that Justice Egwuatu was supposed to sign the release warrant of his clients on Tuesday but for his sudden trip.
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.
Olajengbesi said the confirmation of the sureties had been completed, adding that he was at the bail office of the court on Tuesday waiting for the judge to sign the release order of his clients, but was told that Justice Egwuatu had travelled.
“We have met all the bail conditions and the deputy registrar at the bail office has signed a memo to that effect. However, I was told by the bail office that the judge that will sign their release order has travelled out urgently for a seminar and will not return till next week,” the detainees’ lawyer told our correspondent.
“We think that these events are happening coincidentally which is affecting us essentially. Usually, when a particular judge who is supposed to sign a release warrant is not on the ground, another judge can sign a release warrant because it has to do with the liberty of citizens.
“We have made efforts to reach out to another judge today and the judge gave us an appointment for tomorrow. We are hopeful that the judge will sign it. We do not think that it is a ploy to frustrate us,” Olajengbesi said.
DSS operatives had arrested the 12 persons on July 1, 2021, during a raid on Igboho’s Ibadan residence around 1am.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, had said the secret police killed two other associates of the activist in a “gun duel”.
The 12 detained persons had approached the court through their lawyers led by Olajengbesi to seek their release in line with their fundamental human rights. (Punch)