One of the counsels for the 12 detained Sunday Igboho‘s aides, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has said the suit instituted they instituted against the Department of State Services and its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, will come up for hearing on Tuesday, 20th July 20, 2021, which happens to be Sallah day.
Recall that Sunday Igboho’s aides were arrested and detained by the secret police on the 1st of July, 2021 after the DSS’ raided their boss’ residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
Speaking with The PUNCH in an interview on Sunday, Pelumi Olajengbesi disclosed the trial date, although the media reported that its correspondent could not confirm whether the respondents have been summoned to enter appearance within 30 days of service. Adding that it was gathered that the court has fixed Tuesday for hearing of the matter, the media further reported that a source within the court confided in our correspondent that judges are avoiding the matter because of its sensitive nature.
“In fact, two judges initially declined to take up the suit when it was assigned to their courts before it was taken up by Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court 9, Abuja”, the court source reportedly said.
According to the media, Olangbesi reportedly said, “Olajengbesi on Sunday told The PUNCH that though Tuesday and Wednesday had been announced by the Federal Government as holiday to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, the court insisted that it would hear the case on Tuesday.”
“We were at the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday and we can confirm that the matter has been assigned to Federal High Court 9, Abuja and will be coming up for hearing on Tuesday the 20th of July, 2021. While we are not ignorance of the fact that the stipulated date happens to be a public holiday as declared by the Federal Government, we contacted the Registrar of the court and complained, but the response was that My Lord personally fixed the date.”
“We are optimistic that we will get another short date since we are not certain the matter will proceed for hearing that day, however we will follow up. The matter should have been heard by now, but we are surprised that it took too long for us to get response on the assigned court despite filing affidavits of extreme urgency. We are glad the matter is now in Court 9 and we are hopeful of having a good day in court soon”, he reportedly said.