The Department of State Services has released eight detained Sunday Igboho’s aides following a threat by their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, to file a case of contempt.
The aides, who had spent 61 days in custody, were finally released on Monday to their lawyer after the DSS, failed to comply with court ruling on the matter.
Recall that the lawyer had issued an ultimatum to the DSS to release the detained aides, who were arrested at the home of Mr Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
Those released appeared at a press conference on Monday afternoon with their lawyer. They are Abideen Shittu, Abdullateef Onaolapo, Ayobami Donald, Olakunle Oluwapelumi, Dikeola Ademola, Bamidele Sunday, Raji Kazeem, and Taiwo Tajudeen.
Still in DSS custody are Tajudeen Irinloye, Uthman Adelabu, Amudat Babatunde, and Jamiu Oyetunji.
Olajengbesi insisted during the press conference that the remaining four of his clients must be freed because they had been granted bail by the court.
He added that the DSS must account for the two associates of Igboho killed during the bloody raid of July 1, 2021.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on July 23 ordered the DSS to produce the detainees in court on July 29. But the DSS only produced 8 of the detained 12 aides.
The 12 detainees had approached the court to seek their release.
The presiding judge granted them bail, and on perfection of their bail conditions, Justice Egwuatu had also signed their Release Order last week. Nonetheless, the DSS refused to release them.