THE Department of State Services (DSS) has returned to a Federal High Court in Abuja with a request to reverse the bail it granted 12 detained associates of Yoruba nation advocate, Sunday Igboho.
In an application filed on Monday by its lawyer, Idowu Awo, the DSS is limiting its request to four of the 12.
They are Amudat Babatunde (aka Lady K), Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Oyetunji, and Bamidele Sunday.
The DSS wants the court to allow it hold on to the four, whose bail application it had opposed, “pending their arraignment during court vacation.”
Justice Obiora Egwuatu had, in a ruling on August 4, granted bail to eight of them, whose bail application was not challenged by the DSS, at N5million each.
The judge then granted bail at N10million each, for the other four, whose application was challenged by the DSS.
They are Babatunde, Tajudeen, Shittu and Oyetunji, who Awo claimed needed to be further investigated in relation to allegation of arms stockpile by Igboho.
Those who got N5m bail are; Abdulateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Erinoye, Diekola Jubril, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Oluwafemi Kunle, Raji Kazeem and Bamidele Sunday.
The judge ordered each of the detainees to produce two sureties, one of whom must be an employee of the Federal Government from Grade Level 12 above.
According to the judge, the sureties must be resident in Abuja, must have landed property must and must swear to an affidavit of means, in addition to providing evidence of three years tax payment.
The judge also ordered that the title documents of the said property must be verified by the court’s Registrar and the DSS.
Justice Egwuatu added that the four, granted N10m bail, are to report to the DSS on the first Monday of every month for the next three months.
The judge said they should remain in the custody of the DSS until they are able to meet the bail conditions.
It could not be confirmed on Monday if the 12 have been able to perfect the bail granted them.
Their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi told The Nation on Friday that his clients would meet the bail conditions on Monday.
“We had thought that, by the judge’s pronouncement in the open court, we were required to produce only four sureties.
“But when we sought clarification later, we were told we need to produce two sureties for each of them.
“So, we are working to get 24 people in all. We do not intend to return to the court to ask for a variation.
“There are many people who are willing to support and who believe in the cause they are fighting. So, we are working to ensure they are out by Monday,” he said.
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