An Oyo State High Court 7 has rejected application by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) for vacation of the order restraining him and security agencies from arresting or harassing Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) pending the determination of the suit.
The court presided over by Justice Ladiran Akintola also extended the order stopping the DSS and AGF from freezing the accounts of the embattled activist facing trial in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The lawyers had argued that the court should vacate the order because it was an interim injunction which should not last longer than seven days. The order was given on August 4.
But the judge posited that vacating the order could renders the eventual judgment in the suit nugatory should Igboho be killed before it (judgment) is given.
He extended the order till next date of hearing.
Recall that Justice Akintola had on August 4, 2021, ordered the secret police and the AGF not to arrest Igboho or freeze his bank accounts.
Counsel to the Department of State Security (DSS) Mr T. A. Nurudeen later asked for adjournment to enable him file affidavit to the counter affidavit filed by Igboho’s Lead counsel Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN) on the preliminary objection raised by Malami that the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit
Alliyu initially objected to his position, stressing that rules of court only allow parties five days to file their reply being a fundamental human rights enforcement procedure suit. But the judge ruled that respondents could still ask for more time since Nurudeen proved that he had not been officially served the counter affidavit.
The court then adjourned to September 7 for hearing.
Lead counsel for Igboho, Yomi Aliyu (SAN), confirmed the development to newsmen on Monday after the ruling.
He said, “The judge said the interim order of injunction should continue until September 7 when we will go back to court.”
Alliyu further said his team were currently more concerned about the plight of its clients being held by the DSS in Abuja against court order.
He said: “We are mostly concerned with what is happening in Abuja. A court of law ordered that 12 people should be released and the DSS is sitting on that judgment.
“I have reminded them in my press release that the DSS leader should learn from Ibrahim Magu( former EFCC Acting Chairman).
“If you think you are in authority today, tomorrow, you may find yourself in the same trap which you set for your enemy. And I will implore everybody in this government, especially senior lawyers in this government, to advise this government against disrespecting the order of court.
“These people have not taken to arms. They have not done anything. We have shown that fundamental human rights involve self determination. They are merely asking for self determination.”